Monday, January 12, 2009

Should Boston Deal for Michael Young

Well it seems that in the wake of the New York Yankees' off-season spending spree, Red Sox fans are not content with the recent signings of John Smoltz, Brad Penny and Rocco Baldelli, and they want to see Boston make a splash. Enter the reports that SS MIchael Young requested a trade from the Texas Rangers after the club asked him to move to third base to make room for prospect Elvis Andrus, whom they picked up in the Mark Teixeira deal.

While dealing for the All-Star SS seems like a splashy pick up that would solidify a shaky position, there are too many reasons not to deal for him. First, he is 32 years old and entering the first year of a 5 year $80 million extension. Not bad enough that he will be getting $16 million a year until he is 36 years old? Okay, factor in that his OPS and hits have dropped in each of the past 4 seasons, and while he did win a Gold Glove last year, his range factor has decreased over the past few years.

In short, Young is not worth the prospects nor the $16 million a year that will cost Boston for a player on the decline.



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