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Nolan Ryan says the Rangers aren’t trading Michael Young

Jan 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

Michael Young

Texas acquiring Mike Napoli from the Blue Jays earlier this week restarted all the “will the Rangers trade Michael Young?” speculation that had died down since peaking last month, but while speaking at a minor-league event yesterday team president Nolan Ryan made it pretty clear that Young won’t be traded.

Ryan explained that Young “is going to be our designated hitter on Opening Day” and also noted that he expects about 80 percent of Young’s starts to come at DH, which is surprising given that the Rangers would presumably be better defensively with Napoli at DH and Young at first base on days when they’re in the lineup and Mitch Moreland isn’t.

Ryan stressed how valuable Young’s versatility will be for the Rangers, saying: “There’s no other team that has someone of that magnitude that can play that kind of role.” However, if 80 percent of his playing time is going to come at DH and they’re not going to use him at first base instead of the defensively challenged Napoli, the versatility would seemingly be mostly wasted.

Whatever the case it once again looks likely that Young (and the $48 million remaining on his contract) will begin the season in Texas and if he’s not traded before mid-May his 10-and-5 rights will give him the ability to veto any deals.

  1. shawnuel - Jan 28, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Who is going to take that contract? The Angels are in the same division and aren’t going to help a foe.

    • billybeaneismyhero - Jan 28, 2011 at 12:19 PM

      Never underestimate the power of Sabean…

  2. clydeserra - Jan 28, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Nolan Ryan says “Michael Young cannot be traded because nobody wants his contract.”


  3. texasdawg - Feb 2, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Nolan Ryan is a total disaster as a president. He does nothing but get in the way of Jon Daniels.

    He is easily the biggest threat to the Rangers future.

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