Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Cubs Should Look at Young Trade with Rangers...

The Cubs could benefit from the Rangers misfortunes with Michael Young. The Rangers find themselves in a similar situation the Cubs had with Milton Bradley (just not as bad). If you have not heard about the Young/Rangers drama you can find all the details on MLBTR. The Rangers want to trade him but don’t want to pay his entire salary which they may be forced to do. The other option is taking on another bad salary which brings an opportunity for the Cubs.

Since Michael Young can play 3rd, SS, and 2nd base he may be a great fit for the Cubs because he would start at 2nd base for them this year and provide insurance for 3rd base if Aram goes down with injury or leaves after this season. One thing Young does bring is a good bat, he hit .284 with 21 homers and 91 RBI last season which makes the Rangers want a good bat in return if they end up paying any amount of Young’s salary.

After saying all of this I think the Cubs and Rangers match up well in a trade. I think the Cubs should send Alfonso Soriano, Randy Wells, and a PTBNL to the Rangers for Michael Young, Chris Davis and Darren O’Day. The money is really not close because Soriano is owed 72 million and Young is only owed 48 million so I think the Cubs would have to pay at least 16-18 million over the span of the contract or pay the final year of his deal which is 18 million.

Looking at this from the Rangers side they don’t lose the production by trading Young they actually may gain some from Soriano. Soriano had some great years in Texas and would likely accept a trade back there considering they are more likely to contend in the weak AL East than the Cubs are in the NL Central. Not to mention he is more of a true DH than Young or anyone else on their team. The Rangers also gain Randy Wells, who is coming off a bad year but had a good first year with the Cubs. He does have an option left so he could be insurance for their thin rotation and bullpen. Texas would also receive a PTBNL.

From the Cubs stand-point I am sure they would be chomping at the bit to get this deal done. The Cubs shed most of Soriano’s awful contract; they open a spot in the outfield for Brett Jackson; who would also serve as their legitimate leadoff hitter. They would have a good offensive and defensive outfield for the first time in a long time. They also get Young who is a good hitter and can play 3 infield positions. He would be an upgrade at 2nd base over everyone in the Cubs system and provide insurance for 3rd. The Cubs also get a really good and young lefty in Darren O’Day which makes them looking like the stand-out bullpen in the NL. Chris Davis is not a throw in either. He provides left-handed pop off the bench and a valuable young player that could fill the starting role at 1st in 2012 if he does really well in 2011.

This is something the Cubs and Rangers should look at (at least from where I stand). This is not a trade rumor; it is just a suggestion for both clubs. What do you guys think?

Until Next Time…

24 comments:

John said...

agreed, if there is anyway we can shed Soriano in this deal it would be well worth it.

Anonymous said...

I think that JH better be thinking the same way!!!! Great deal for both sides! Suckiano is a DH in the NL...and WOW...this could and should be a deal that gets done!!! Come on JH....make this happen.....

Anonymous said...

I think that JH better be thinking the same way!!!! Great deal for both sides! Suckiano is a DH in the NL...and WOW...this could and should be a deal that gets done!!! Come on JH....make this happen.....

Anonymous said...

i like yhe idea of the trades one player they should send is koskue

Anonymous said...

Except for the fact that the cubs aren't on his trade list.

Anonymous said...

Easy....your "founded" rumors are great but these last two posts were a little much

Anonymous said...

I think this would be a great trade for both teams for more reasons than one. Aramis will probably not be resigned next year so you already have a possible fill in at third. Also, we need a lefty in out starting rotation so this may be a small opening for Casey Coleman.

Tehmpus said...

Your trade idea is worthwhile, but off quite a bit. Firstly, the Cubs aren't a team that is likely to shell out 18million dollars to dump a better hitter than Michael Young. Secondly, the Cubs really have more pitchers than they know what to do with at the moment. I'm not sure if trading for Darren O'Day is really a need.

How about the Cubs send Soriano/Wells for Young/Davis. No money exchanges hands.

If they don't want Soriano, then we'll insert Fukudome with the Rangers paying the Cubs the difference in salaries.

The Cubs certainly have more than their fair share of outfielders. The Rangers certainly could use a good one.

Anonymous said...

Is this what you think the cubs/rangers should do or have you heard something floating around.. like rumors?

Sergio said...

Dear fello cubs fan,

I was thinking the same thing fo days now....opened up your blog and what do i see.

In this deal the cubs become younger and defensivly solid in the outfield, and also creates room for their leadoff man in Jackson.

Go cubs !!

greetings from down in St.Maarten (Dutch West Indies)

troyt said...

Young is the the truly weak AL West by the way...nice article even with that.

troyt said...

Young is in the truly weak AL West by the way.

troyt said...

Young is in the truly weak AL West...not East by the way.

I personally love the idea...make it happen!!!

Kirk said...

Make it happen!!!

Anonymous said...

Make it happen!!

Jeff said...

The Cubs are not one of the 8 teams
Young can be traded to. He has a limited no trade clause.

Anonymous said...

Wow, That would be a great trade for the cubs. Not so good for the rangers. The player to be named later better be one of the cubs high end prospects (say Vitter) or this trade will never happen.

Mike said...

An excellent trade idea, one which I think Cubs fans would embrace.

Anonymous said...

I would like the Cubs to see if they could get him..Of course dumping Soriano is going to be impossible..
but stranger things have happened..

Aramis could be his last year as a CUB...so I like the trade!

Anonymous said...

I like the trade...just wish we could do something with Fukudome.

Jntg4 said...

What do you mean the weak AL East? AL WEST isn't really weak either, so I'm lost. O'Day isn't that young. Young actually had a lower WAR than Soriano too.

Also, Davis won't start at 1st for the Cubs in 2012, Albert Pujols will. :)

Antonio said...

I would like the cubs trading for young, as you say, for soriano and maybe Randy wells too.
Then I would like the idea of trading young to the Yankees, along with dempster and marlon byrd, for robinson cano and Brett Gardner.
I would consider even giving soto if the the yankees would be willing to give us Jesus Montero.
Just a tought, I think there would have to be some kind of interest in the Yankees, don't you agree?
What do you think?
Congrats for your site!

nate said...

Antonio, are you serious? Why in the world would the Yankees trade Cano, one of the best all around hitters in the game who is only 28 and gardner only 27 for 3 guys who are declining in their mid 30's?...maybe in a video game that would work.

Anonymous said...

Young has listed 8 teams he would be willing to be traded to. Right now the Cubs are not one of them. Since the 8 teams are not interested, Texas may go to Young with a Cubs offer (if they make one - and I hope they are reading this)