Backups Nick Punto, Michael Young, and Tim Federowicz celebrate the Los Angeles Dodgers win on Tuesday against Colorado.
Target: Michael Young, UTIL
2013 stats: Splitting time between Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Young hit .279, eight home runs, 46 RBIs, 26 doubles, five triples in 147 games
Imagining Michael Young coming back to play for the Texas Rangers and general manager/team president Jon Daniels after their split following the 2012 season is pretty hard to do, and it's not likely to happen. But the Rangers could use a utility infielder, a bench bat and a clubhouse veteran to provide leadership, and Young would serve all of those purposes.
Young's best friend from his Rangers days, Ian Kinsler, is gone now, but he also seemed to have a good relationship with Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre, who are now the two faces of the Rangers' franchise. He's a guy that could give guys breathers in the infield — all the way across it — or even someone who could step in at second base if Jurickson Profar proves to need a little more seasoning before being ready to be an everyday starter in the big leagues.
Fans might be tired of Young and his tailing production, but if he could be had for cheap and to serve in a backup role, would you rather have him or Adam Rosales as your backup infielder? OK, thought so.