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Young appears to be unlikely fit for D-backs

Young appears to be unlikely fit for D-backs

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Young appears to be unlikely fit for D-backs
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs expressed interest in acquiring infielder Michael Young after he initially requested a trade, but they have not engaged the Rangers in talks recently, a baseball source said Tuesday.

Young hit .284 for the Rangers last season with 99 runs scored, 21 home runs and 91 RBIs. He requested a trade earlier this month after growing unhappy that the Rangers were still trying to trade him while also negotiating with free-agent designated hitters Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez.

Young has a limited no-trade clause in his contract allowing him to be traded to only the Rockies, Angels, Dodgers, Padres, Yankees, Astros, Cardinals and Twins without his permission -- meaning Young would have to approve a deal to Arizona.

There are still three years and $48 million left on Young's contract, and given the fact that the D-backs are at the upper limit of their payroll, it seems unlikely they would take on that amount of money.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @dbackswriter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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