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02/08/11 12:02 AM EST

Dodgers inquire on Young; trade a 'long shot'

Source says Rangers infielder's high salary a possible deterrant

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have held preliminary talks with the Rangers about acquiring infielder Michael Young, but a baseball source called the chances of a deal between the teams "a very long shot."

Young has been the Rangers' third baseman the past two years, but with the recent signing of free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre, Young has been forced into a designated hitter and super utility role. Instead, he has asked to be traded and has listed the Dodgers among the eight clubs for which he would accept a trade per the terms of his partial no-trade clause.

The big stumbling block is the $48 million in salary that remains on the final three years of a contract signed in 2007. The Dodgers not only would require the Rangers to pick up the bulk of that commitment, but there also is concern about Young's defense and the players the Rangers would need in return.

Young, 34, originally was a second baseman, but was a five-time All-Star at shortstop before moving to third in 2009, when he also was an All-Star.

The club most recently rumored to be interested in Young is Colorado. Other teams that the native Californian is willing to accept a trade are the Cardinals, Yankees, Twins, Astros, Angels and Padres.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.