Just a little more than 24 hours away from the non-waiver trade deadline, we're starting to see a lot of interesting rumors out there.
Yeah, I think that last part should read, "That includes Elvis Andrus... if a team is willing to send a big bat to Texas." Every GM of every team likely listens to any offer. The Miami Marlins have supposedly received offers for Giancarlo Stanton ranging from a cream cheese sandwich to first-born children, yet have still declared they have no intention of moving their slugger right now.
I think, more than anything, the next tweet is the one that stands out to me the most. In light of the Philadelphia Phillies reportedly calling up minor league third baseman Cody Asche, it appears a move might be in order for Michael Young. But then there's this:
With that, my stomach just dropped a little. Part of me wants to believe this is just rumor and nothing more, but then the other part is imagine just what will happen if it indeed goes down.
I have to think that if it were to happen, there would need to be some stipulations, because I'm confident that there aren't many that are willing to watching what is shown above happen on a regular basis. Maybe he could be useful as a situational hitter, but having grounded into 18 double plays this season, I can't see him being much of a solution as it relates to the problems the Rangers have with runners in scoring position.
As I felt much of last season, Michael Young has a place and could help any team, with one all-important disclaimer: If used correctly. On that note, I'm just not confident Ron Washington could avoid putting him and David Murphy in the lineup together on a consistent basis. There's still a fondness in my baseball soul for Michael Young, but the biggest part of that soul hopes that this is a rumor and nothing more.