The Texas Rangers are reportedly making adding outfielders their top priority leading up to the MLB trade deadline at the end of the month, but they are also considering the intriguing option of bringing back a former star. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Rangers have “talked at least internally” about bring Young back to Texas.
Young and Rangers manager Ron Washington have a very close relationship, and Young, who’s playing third base for the fading Phillies, is very popular in the clubhouse and with fans. He seemed to agonize before accepting the offseason trade to Philadelphia from Texas this winter. He received a full no-trade as part of that deal, but with the Phillies seemingly in freefall and all his ties to the Rangers, there’s no reason to think that should be an issue.
Young has seven homers, 31 RBI and a .283 batting average this season.
While it is certainly an interesting option, the Rangers main focus seems to be on the likes of Alex Rios,Hunter Pence, Chris Denorfia and Marlon Byrd, who provide the team with the big outfield bat that they are seeking.