Compare that to the table below, made up of the alternatives we considered back in December.
Young’s career numbers:
|162 Game Avg.||.300||.347||.448||.795||105|
Young looks a whole lot better than any of the names on that board (which has thinned considerably since, as a number of these players have been snapped up by teams looking for cheap utility players). And compared to likely returns on Russo or Nunez, he’s probably worth somewhere in the realm of two additional wins above replacement. That has serious, serious value, especially to a team that is going to be in contention (which significantly adds to the marginal value of wins).
This, of course, is a bit of a pipe dream. Young was signed to a terrible contract, and will cost the Rangers $16 million each of the next three seasons. He’s also a proud guy, and given how sick he seems of getting shunted around the diamond year to year, signing up for that full time seems…a bit of a stretch. He’s also got a limited no-trade clause.
But from all the news floating about the interweb, it seems like Texas is motivated to move him. There’s no team that will take him without the Rangers footing at least some of the bill. And if the Yankees could get him for less than $10 million per season, he’s at least break even value-wise. The teams currently in the hunt (publicly) are the Rockies and the Dodgers. The Dodgers are being held up by their ownership situation. Discussions with the Rockies, depending on who you believe, are either very active, or non-existent. Could the Yankees wedge their foot in the door, and if so, should they?
It’s funny. I started this post on a bit of a lark, expecting to chuckle about how little the Yankees need Young, but the more thought I give it, the more sense he makes. It really depends how much cash Texas is throwing in–and after all, it’s not like the Rangers have previously shown any reticence about subsidizing the Yankees’ payroll.