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UPDATE: Michael Young willing to be DH if club signs Adrian Beltre

Jan 3, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

Michael Young

UPDATE: Remember what I wrote earlier? Well, scratch all that. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Michael Young said he is willing to be a designated hitter if the club signs Adrian Beltre.

6:39 PM: Depending on what you read right now, the Rangers may or may not be close to signing Adrian Beltre. However, one thing we know for sure is that the club has at least prepared for the possibility of signing him. With that in mind, they have approached Michael Young about a potential position change.

Let’s just say he’s not feeling the whole idea.

According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com and Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, Young told the club that he is not interested in moving off third base. The 35-year-old already switched from second base to shortstop to make room for Alfonso Soriano in 2004 and shifted to third base in 2009 for Elvis Andrus. He wasn’t thrilled about changing positions in 2009, so it’s no surprise to hear he’s not into some vague utility role, as well as splitting time as a designated hitter or sharing first base with Mitch Moreland.

Well, fine. Just trade the guy, right? Not so easy when someone in their mid-to-late 30s is making $16 million over each of the next three seasons.

If the Rangers sign Beltre, they might just have to say “tough cookies” and brace for the potential fallout.

  1. shawnuel - Jan 3, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    If I’m the Rangers I want to make my club the best it can be. Beltre at 3rd GREATLY improves the infield defense as well as the offense. Young is NOT good, no matter how inflated a view he has of himself. A good TEAMmate does what’s good for the TEAM. If his agenda is more himself than team oriented, then jettison the fool.

    • hardjudge - Jan 3, 2011 at 8:09 PM

      Maybe your boss ought to consider shifting you to the garbage detail, and the fire you when you don’t think you would like to do that job.

      • paperlions - Jan 3, 2011 at 8:21 PM

        He’s being paid to be a baseball player and that is what they are asking him to do…it isn’t as if they are asking him to clean toilets..

        And of course, shawnuel is right. Young wasn’t a good SS and he whined about moving. He isn’t a good 3B and is offense has slipped to where he is barely playable, and he whines about moving again. This is the second time he has said “I don’t care if it will make the team better, I don’t want to move.” Young is aging fast and only contributes with the bat at home (actually, he’s only ever been a good hitter in Arlington, and he contributes with the glove no where. For $16MM/year, at his current skill level, he should be happy to play anywhere.

      • Kevin S. - Jan 3, 2011 at 8:21 PM

        Except, you know, shawnuel probably doesn’t make $16 million/year, DH is hardly garbage detail, and “fired” is an interesting term when you’d be looking at three years of termination pay.

  2. xmatt0926x - Jan 3, 2011 at 9:11 PM

    This is laughable. I was just watching Hot stove on MLB network and they were talking about this very situation. Poor Mitch Williams thought for sure that now that Young had tasted the playoffs that he would be willing to do anything to help the team. Then Bill Ripken said he wasnt so sure about that. Turns out he must know this clown pretty well. Way to take one for the team Mr. Young. You don’t deserve to win anything. Your an average sized fish in a small pond and the result is that you think your bigger and better than what you are. This guy is 35 and he wouldnt do anything to help his team get a last chance at winning before he retires?? That says all you need to know. Oh yeah, it would also be nice if he was actually a great player being stubborn instead of a marginally good one. Paperlions said it correctly. He is being paid to be a baseball player. They haven’t asked him to scrub out the locker room toilets. He’s a joke.

  3. Mark - Jan 3, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    So what you’re telling me is that Young is not, in fact, a team player or a leader.

    • Mark - Jan 3, 2011 at 11:27 PM

      Oh sure, wait till I make my smartass comment and then tell me Young is willing to DH…

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