Texas Rangers: Ranking the Top Deadline Deals Since 2000
By Kenneth Nash
2. July 19, 2000: Acquiring Michael Young from Toronto
I know their will be some controversy here not having Michael Young be the best acquisition on this list, but Young is a close second. In this deal, the Rangers sent veteran pitcher, Esteban Loaiza to Toronto in exchange for a young shortstop named Michael Young.
Young, would go on to have an illustrious 13-year career with Texas and being the definition of a cornerstone guy. Playing 3 different positions over his time with the Rangers, he would go on to make 7 All-Star appearances, win the 2005 AL Batting Title and finish his career with 2,375 hits. All his talent and work ethic lead to him being inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in 2016.
Now acquiring Young did come with a drawback. Loaiza was a very accomplished pitcher and would stay in the league for 8 more seasons after he was traded and finished second in the 2003 Cy Young voting. But even losing that quality is worth getting, Mr. Ranger.