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Five degrees of Michael Young

Updated: February 6, 2011, 9:48 AM ET
By Buster Olney

The Texas Rangers are talking about a possible trade of Michael Young, who would welcome a change of scenery and a deal to a place where he could be an everyday player. In light of that, I e-mailed some rival talent evaluators to give me their current assessment of the 34-year-old Young, and where they think his best position would be going forward. Their responses make it clear he is still a respected performer and leader; there are concerns about how he would hit in another ballpark.

Evaluator No. 1 (AL team)

"We still see him as an everyday option for a contending team. Our hit and power tools would equate to about a 770-780 OPS (using OPS as a quick and dirty number but specifically around .280-.290 avg with 17-19 HR's). His swing is low maintenance and his ability to put the bat on the ball will always allow him to hit for a higher batting average. He's always had some firmness to his hands, so that will show up no matter where you play him. We do not show that he has lost a step, which is a common theme for players in their mid 30's. I think what draws clubs to him is his intelligence, competitiveness and the uncomplicated nature of his swing, he's pretty reliable, and that makes coaches and the front office sleep easier."

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