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Rangers confirm that Michael Young has requested a trade

Feb 7, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Jayson Stark of writes that a major source of the friction between the two sides is that the club was attempting to trade Young, but telling him otherwise. Now he wants out of Texas, but the Rangers are reluctant to deal him.

In a word, awkward.

6:22 PM: Confirming what Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported yesterday, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels just said in a conference call that Michael Young has requested a trade.

According to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Daniels said that Young had a change of heart about accepting his new role with the club and requested a trade about a week ago. At issue is that Young is concerned that he will be pigeon-holed as a designated hitter as he ages.

“He’s had time to think about it,” Daniels said. “Time’s gone on and he’s changed his mind.”

While the Rockies have been mentioned most frequently in connection with Young, Daniels added that no deal is imminent at this time. According to Jon Heyman of, Young has a limited no-trade clause which includes eight teams where he can be traded without his approval, though the Rockies are reportedly one of them.

The biggest hurdle to a potential deal is Young’s massive contract. The 34-year-old is owed $16 million over each of the next three seasons.

  1. Elwood Larf - Feb 7, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Idiotic for the Rangers to jerk him around like this. He’s their team leader and unofficial captain, and he’s put up with 3 position shifts already. he’s a total professional, and although he’s no longer an MVP candidate, he still has a lot to offer a major league team. Bad form on the part of the Rangers. And, by the way, Adrian Beltre has had exactly TWO great seasons, and a lot of mediocre ones. Michael Young has consistently turned out a solid performance every year. True, he’s not a good defensive player, but the Rangers have never been too concerned about defense.

    • Mike Luna - Feb 8, 2011 at 2:33 AM

      Part of what Ron Washington wanted to change about Texas is the defense. It’s true that most of the line-up can still mash the ball, but the whole staff works very hard to ensure that the pitchers get help behind them.

      At this moment Kinsler is better at this position, Elvis is better at his, and there’s a very good shot that Beltre will be better at his. If Young can’t best any of those three, then why would he be on the field everyday?

    • trevorb06 - Feb 8, 2011 at 9:36 AM

      I agree with that Beltre/Young season comparison. Beltre’s best two seasons you refer to have come on contract years. Whether this is coincidence or Beltre really only tried when he was trying to get a new deal inked isn’t up to me, you or Craig to speculate on. Only Beltre knows that, and maybe his close buddies as he brags it up to them how rich he is. :-)

  2. anythingbutyanks - Feb 7, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    Major league contracts are so disproportionate to performance and the realities of age, injury, and the fact that baseball is supremely a team game (the only position with a truly disproportionate burden of the actual winning is pitcher). More teams should focus more on NOT signing bad contracts and less on trying to sign the next big contract.

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