Another Michael Young to the Chicago Cubs Rumor

It wasn’t too long ago that it seemed all Michael Young trade rumors were put to bed. He’s due $48 million over the next three years, and the Rangers have been unwilling to eat much of that sum in order to move Young – which is the only way they’ll find a taker.

Well, the rumors are back, and now the Cubs are being linked a little more concretely. According to the Boston Globe, the Cubs might consider trading for Young if, you guessed it, the Rangers eat enough of his deal. Why the Globe would have the inside scoop on this, rather than, say, a Chicago source, I couldn’t say. It could be nothing more than an educated guess.

Young would slot in as the Cubs’ starting second baseman, where he’s the defensive equivalent of Blake DeWitt (read: not good), but is a theoretical offensive upgrade. Nevermind that Young has been in decline for years – he’s now 34 – and that he’s never hit better than Koyie Hill outside of Arlington. Landing Young might not actually make the Cubs better, but rumors are fun! Yay!

Presumably, if the Cubs landed Young, DeWitt or Jeff Baker would be relegated to a utility role, and the other might well be shipped out. What it would cost to get Young is anyone’s guess, but I’m certain it’s inexorably linked to how much of his remaining contract the Rangers eat.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

11 responses to “Another Michael Young to the Chicago Cubs Rumor”

  1. CubsFanatic

    If we can get rid of Baker along with either Silva or Fuku, I’d make this trade. I mean we at least get slightly better offensively. Plus it would be nice to have a decent backup for A-Ram.

  2. Mike S

    Silva and Fukudome for Young?

  3. 1060Ivy

    Beyond financial issues associated with getting Young, the Rangers are looking for young pitching talent so the likes of Silva the Hutt ain’t going to fly to get a deal done.

    Young makes this year’s squad better offensively. Spring stats don’t matter but not happy that the Cubs appear to be continuing their nasty trend of last couple years of not being able to hit with runners in scoring position. Unless the Rangers are in dump mode, I don’t see anything happening for the Cubs.

  4. eryk

    Soriano for Young, get our biggest contract out of the way