ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 23: Michael Young #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies attempts to field a line drive against the St. Louis Cardinals in the fourth inning at Busch Stadium on July 23, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Phillies 4-1. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The Texas Rangers have been serious players at the MLB trade deadline since Jon Daniels became the club's general manager, and this year will be no different. Let's take a look at a possible Rangers target for the July 31 deadline.
Target: Michael Young, INF/DH, Philadelphia Phillies
Hold up. Say what? Yep, you read that right. Michael Young appears to be on the Rangers' trade radar, to what degree is up for debate, but he is almost certainly on tap to be dealt from the struggling Phillies and the Rangers are undoubtedly looking for a right-handed bat to be a designated hitter with Lance Berkman's career seemingly closer to being finished with each passing day.
The Rangers would rather have a corner outfielder who they can plug in at DH from time to time, but with Berkman's days numbered, David Murphy struggling and Nelson Cruz on the Biogenesis hit list, they need a lot to help them score some runs for newly acquired Matt Garza and the rest of their solid pitching staff.
Young, who is a free agent this winter after being deal this past off-season from Texas to Philly for Josh LIndblom, is hitting .278 with 18 doubles, three triples (matching his 2012 total) and seven homers (one shy of his 2012 total).
Again, the chances of this happening, especially after the way the Young tenure in Texas ended, aren't too good. But it is something to keep an eye on.