Monday, January 12, 2009
Since Michael Young wants out of Texas, it might provide the Sox with an opportunity to net Jarrod Saltalamacchia or Taylor Teagarden for a lower price than Clay Buchholz or Michael Bowden. No; the Olde Towne Team would not take on the overpaid, all batting average offensive, and questionable glove shortstop. But they would provide the financial relief that would help the Rangers get something for Young.
Given Rafael Furcal's $30 million deal with the Dodgers, Texas will have to eat $30-$40 million of Young's $80 million contract to attain a player with a reasonable shot at assisting the Rangers run in the first half of the next decade. The shortstop could help out the situation as well by deferring more than the current $15 million. Regardless of the dollar shuffling between Young, his future team and the Rangers, Texas could use some salary relief, so they can add the last pieces to their playoff puzzle in the coming years.
Assuming the Sox are not on Kevin Millwood's no trade list; they could take on his $11 million 2009 salary while likely saving the Rangers another $12 million. Millwood would likely be the Sox sixth/spot starter-long relief guy, so the former All-Star would not log enough innings for his 2010 option to vest. This would not be the case in Texas, as he may be the Opening Day starter. Hence, the Sox could save the Rangers $23 million or more than half the estimated cash necessary to trade Young. The savings could motivate them to accept a David Pauley, Daniel Bard or Josh Reddick - for - Millwood and Saltalamacchia or Teagarden deal.
Congratulations to Jim Rice and Rickey Henderson! These two players, more than any others, are the reason why I’m posting. I may finally make the drive to Cooperstown this summer. More to come on my appreciation for Jim and Rickey.