Michael Young's contract expires after the 2013 season. (USA Today Images)
Michael Young’s eyes are now open to destinations other than Texas.
A person with knowledge of Young’s thinking tells Comcast SportsNet’s Leslie Gudel that Young would accept a trade to the Boston Red Sox. Young had earlier been open to accepting a deal only to the Texas Rangers. Later Wednesday, Young added the Yankees to the short list of teams to which he'd accept a trade, according to a source.
Young spent 12 seasons with the Rangers before being traded to Philadelphia last winter. His family has remained in Arlington, Texas while he plays in Philadelphia.
Young’s willingness to accept a deal to Boston will help the Phillies get a better return if they deal him. Sources say Texas had not offered the Phillies an attractive return on Young.
The Rangers are looking for a right-handed bat.
Boston has had longstanding interest in Young because he can play both corner infield spots. The Red Sox are also looking to bolster their infield after trading Jose Iglesias on Tuesday night, though a Young-to-Boston deal is "doubtful," according to ESPNBoston.
The Yankees have been looking for infield help, as well, with first baseman Mark Teixeira out for the season and third baseman Alex Rodriguez facing a lengthy suspension for his connection in the Biogenesis scandal.
The trade deadline arrives at 4 p.m.
Young remains the Phillie most likely to be dealt.
The Phils have called up third baseman Cody Asche from Triple A Lehigh Valley and he can step in for Young. Asche is expected to start at third on Wednesday night, possibly as Young heads for Boston or Texas.