February 2011

Tigers not in on Michael Young

Michael Young has asked the Rangers for a trade after shifting positions
three times in recent years. The Tigers don’t have a clear-cut starter
at second base, one of Young’s old positions, nor do they have a clear
No. 2 hitter in the lineup. Sounds like a match, right?

Not
happening, for a few very big reasons. Word from the Tigers is that
they’re not in on that. Team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski
told MLB.com Tuesday morning that their infield is set, the same as it
was a couple weeks ago. They’re not pursuing any deals.

Though
Dombrowski didn’t go into detail — can’t talk about players from other
teams for fear of tampering — several reasons show why it wouldn’t
happen. First, Young has veto rights on trades to all but eight teams,
and the Tigers aren’t one of those teams, according to MLB.com’s TR
Sullivan. The Rangers are dealing with just teams on that list, Texas GM
Jon Daniels told reporters Monday. Young reportedly would consider
teams outside that list on a case by case basis, but at the end of the
day, there’s a reason for the list.

Second, and just as
important, is Young’s contract — $16 million a year for the next three
seasons. For any player, that’s a huge obligation, even if the Rangers
end up willing to pay part of that. It’s not just about the money, but
the years. For a 34-year-old infielder, it’s especially about the years. The Tigers
let Polanco walk as a free agent at the same age two years ago, even
declining the chance at arbitration.

When it comes down to it, the Tigers are serious about trying to leave
room for developing young talent, and second base is one area where they
have it between Scott Sizemore, Will Rhymes and Danny Worth, plus
Brandon Douglas on the horizon.

Dodgers Sign Aaron Miles

The Dodgers signed journeyman middle infielder Aaron Miles to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League camp. Miles is a longshot to make the Opening Day roster with Jamey Carroll the primary backup middle infielder. Miles will be competing with Ivan DeJesus Jr. and Juan Castro. – Ken Gurnick

Dodgers, Kuo Settle

The Dodgers and reliever Hong-Chih Kuo reached agreement Wednesday on a one-year, $2,725,000 contract to avoid salary arbitration.

Kuo, coming off a 2010 salary of $975,000, was asking for $3.075 million and the club was offering $2.55 million.

James Loney is the only remaining Dodger eligible for salary arbitration. He is asking for $5.25 million and the club is offering $4.7 million. – Ken Gurnick

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