Although it appears clear that Cliff Lee won’t be traded before today’s MLB trade deadline, Michael Young being traded may have become more likely.
Yesterday Young appeared unwilling to waive his no-trade clause unless he would be headed back to Texas. After reports that Texas wasn’t seriously considering bringing Young back, he appears to have had a change of heart.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2013
I think Young’s ideal destination was clearly to be in Texas and be close to his son who was sick earlier this year. The problem for Young is that Texas doesn’t appear to be very likely to make that wish a reality, and if Young is going to be away from his son he might as well be with a team that gives him a chance to win his first world title. Don’t be surprised if he ends up waiving it for a chance to go to the Yankees as well.
2:04 EST Update:As I mentioned a few hours ago, I found it hard to believe that Michael Young would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to Boston and not New York. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News is reporting that Young has told the Phillies that he is open to waiving his no-trade clause to go to the Yankees, in addition to the Red Sox or Rangers.
According to a source, the Yankees have been told that Michael Young would accept a trade to New York.
— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) July 31, 2013