I’ve been collecting links for the last few days, amassing information and analysis about the MY trade situation. Before I get to that, though, I want to share one other thought of my own on the subject.
I’ve been hearing about Young’s limited no-trade clause for a while now and a few days ago the list of teams he can be traded to without his consent was finally made available to the rest of us.
The list is as follows:
Los Angeles Dodgers
St. Louis Cardinals
New York Yankees
San Diego Padres
So, are any of these teams a fit?
Well, at the moment, the Dodgers don’t have the money and their owners [a husband and wife] are going through a nasty divorce.
The Cardinals have said they have no interest and they’re in the middle of trying to figure out how to pay the best player in the world [Albert Pujols] enough money to stay in St. Louis.
The Yanks were out before they had a chance to be in. They don’t need anyone with Young’s pedigree at the moment. Their dance card is full up.
Talks with the Rockies broke down last night, even though they’re the team that got this whole ball rolling in the first place.
San Diego can’t and won’t pay him.
Minnesota is probably the best fit on this list, but seems unlikely to offer to pay much of the money owed to him. They’re in more need of pitching anyway.
Anaheim is in the division and just took on Vernon Wells’ huge contract. If not for those two facts, they would likely be the front-runner.
From what I have read, this deal only makes sense if the Astros swap MY for Carlos Lee, but Lee will probably veto a trade and Houston is more interested in getting younger players anyway.
The bottom line is that, if Young wants out, if he truly wants out, he’s going to have to work with Jon Daniels. Otherwise, his complaints and demands are just a lot of huffing and puffing.
Now, some links…
Troy Renck tells us why the Rockies seem to have walked away.
Richard Durrett says that the Rangers were approached by the Phillies about Young, but that nothing ever got off the ground.
TR Sullivan explains what’s happened, what’s happening, and what’s likely to happen in the future. He answers other non-MY related questions as well.
Joey Matschulat shares his gut reaction to the news earlier this week, lays out the four most likely scenarios in the coming weeks, and collects a few amusing musings from Twitter.
Aaron Gleeman uses math and stuff to explain why MY isn’t as good as a lot of people think he is.
It has nothing to do with MY, but Sally Jenkins recently echoed a lot of my feelings about why publicly funding stadiums is stupid and also why the NFL has lost touch with its legion of fans.
Enjoy the links, for whatever they’re worth. I’m going to go watch some basketball for reasons that escape my understanding.