It’s been well-documented that the Rangers are trying to move infielder, Michael Young. Young, 34, is currently in the third year of his five-year, $80 million contract. Young is currently slotted as the Rangers designated hitter and has publicly stated that he wants to play the field. The Mets have had trouble with volatile closer, Francisco Rodriguez. Rodriguez is the final year of his three-year, $37 million contract, but has a $17.5 million vesting option if Rodriguez ‘finishes’ 55 games in 2011. Rodriguez clearly isn’t the popular guy in the Met clubhouse and the Mets would definitely jump at the idea of moving Rodriguez. Plus, current Rangers closer, Neftali Feliz, has stated that he wants to be a starting pitcher. Texas’ rotation took a bit of a hit when Cliff Lee bolted Texas for Philadelphia. Given the positives in this trade scenario, can we reasonably expect these two teams to complete a trade?

Baseball wise, the trade makes a lot of sense for both sides. The Mets desperately need help at second base and potentially at shortstop if the team decides to move Jose Reyes during the season. Young is one of the most well-respected players in baseball as well. Young, who is playing in his 12th season with the Rangers, is a career .300 hitter and has posted at least 174 hits in each season since 2003. The Ranger infield of Mitch Moreland, Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus, and Adrian Beltre is set in stone for the long-term. Young is not a prototypical designated hitter and moving on from his slight distraction will help the Rangers.

I can say with a lot of confidence that the Mets will not be in the running for the NL East by mid-season. In turn, the Mets will trade Jose Reyes and have a monster gap in the middle of the diamond. By acquiring Young, they have a player who can play every infield position and take leadership of the Met clubhouse. In addition, the Mets would rid themselves of the dark cloud known as Frankie Rodriguez. Rodriguez’s spat with his father-in-law last season was disgraceful and left a black mark on the Met organization. However, a change of scenery can help players, especially if the player is entering a pennant race. Injecting Rodriguez as the Rangers closer would allow Texas to move current uber-closer, Neftali Feliz to the rotation. Feliz, 23, was dominant in his first year as the Rangers closer, saving 40 games, posting a 2.73 ERA, and winning Rookie of the Year honors. Feliz has three plus pitches (fastball, curve ball, and change-up) which should allow an easy transition to the Ranger rotation.

In a baseball sense, this trade makes sense to me. The Mets will acquire a leader that can guide the young players on the team while the Rangers can slide their young stud into the rotation while replacing him with one of baseball’s better closers.

However, financial issues and baseball rules may halt this trade from happening. The Mets financial issues are well-documented everywhere. No one is really sure what direction the team will be heading in the future and we don’t know what the Wilpon’s current finances are. After this season, Young is owed $32 million total in 2012 and 2013. Buying K-Rod out at $3.5 million for next season would be much more cheaper.

In addition to the Met finances, Michael Young is a 10-5 player, meaning he can reject a trade to any team. Young may not want to get involved with the messy Met organization and want to stay in Texas. Since Young has played the last twelve seasons in Arlington, he may not want to uproot his family and he has every right to veto the deal.

Any team that takes on K-Rod is getting a very inconsistent player. Rodriguez has watched his save total fall from 62-35-25 over the last three seasons. He has brawled with his father-in-law and unseating Feliz from the Ranger closer role may unsettle the Rangers. There’s definitely risk involved with bringing in K-Rod.

In a baseball sense, this trade makes sense for both sides. However, there are too many economic and baseball related uncertainties for this deal to happen.

Met fans, would you want this deal to happen?