But owner Tom Hicks made it clear that when he arrived in Surprise on Saturday that signing Young was a priority and that the Rangers want him to be the "face of the franchise."The basis for the negotiations is the seven-year, $85 million contract that Phillies second baseman Chase Utley agreed to in January. Utley, who has just over three years of Major League service, will be paid $15 million per season for buying out free agency in the final four years of the contract. The Rangers would likely buy out five years of free agency with Young at around $15 million per season after 2008. Young, the 2005 American League batting champion, is a three-time All-Star who hit .314 with 14 home runs, 93 runs scored and a career-high 103 RBIs in 2006.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.