I never get tired of rumors. I really don’t. That’s why they’re such a big part of this site – I love reading about them as much as I love discussing them. So I’ll never stiff you on a rumor that I’ve heard or read about.

That said, I’m growing a bit weary of the Michael Young rumors. No, the volume has not approached the OMG level of the Brian Roberts and Jake Peavys of the past, but here’s the thing: I was actually excited by the prospect of getting those guys. Yes, hindsight says I shouldn’t have been, but nevertheless, I was.

I am not excited in the least about the prospect of acquiring Michael Young – I’ve made my reasons clear, so I won’t rehash them now (ok, what the hell: he’s old, he’s declining, he’s poor defensively, he’s never produced outside of Arlington, he’s under contract for three years at $16 million per, and the Rangers want a ton in return for him). But, I’ve made it my duty to bring this stuff to you, so, well, here you go.

A bunch of teams (Phillies, Marlins, Cubs, in particular) still appear to be watching the Michael Young developments closely. But none of those teams can take on Young’s $16 million a year. And the Rangers have made it clear that if they’re going to eat any significant chunk of that money, they still expect a massive return back.

“I like Michael Young,” said an official of one team that checked in. “He’s got great presence. And he can still hit good pitching. But for what they’re asking, you’d think he was King Felix.” Jayson Stark.

Presence? Can hit good pitching? Yikes. I hope that wasn’t Jim Hendry.

If there was ever a time that the Cubs’ budget constraints were a blessing in disguise, it’s now. I know that second base looks like a problem right now, but the last thing that this team needs to do is to deplete its organizational depth in order to further bloat the payroll with overpriced vets.

  • Art

    yes, but the Cubs will say “we have Jaramillo”. and of course he’d be coming to the weak NL where there is no pitching. enough of the Young rumors. as for Silva, Cubs want him to be the 5th starter, play the kids.

  • jeff

    The Rangers want Cashner and I’m pretty sure they won’t back off that. I think Hendry knows he’s traded enough prospects already and likes Cashner enough to make sure he gets an opportunity to pan out in a Cubs uniform.

    Ace, that does sound like a Hendry soundbite doesn’t it?

  • http://SOI veryzer

    I’d actually be happy with acquiring Young. But only if he’s for free.

    • Ace

      Sure. I’ll go with you on that.

  • KB

    Trading Cashner for Young would be such stunning idiocy that it’s almost unfathomable.
    That’s why JH might do it.

  • http://bleachernation.com ramy16

    i think the cubs should try to pick up eric chavez from the yankees…a great back up for aramis ramirez…and guess what?? he can play a little 2nd base!!!