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Michael Young probably isn’t going anywhere

Feb 10, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

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There’s a really good chance that disgruntled infielder Michael Young is going to have to report to Rangers camp next week. He has requested a trade and the Rangers’ front office has attempted to satisfy that request, but there’s simply nothing out there.

A source told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday evening that the Rangers now don’t expect to find a landing spot for Young before the start of spring training.

The 34-year-old is simply owed too much money and not productive enough historically away from the Rangers’ cozy ballpark to justify such a lofty salary. According to Ken Rosenthal of, the Dodgers asked Texas to assume 75 percent of the remaining three years and $48 million on Young’s current contract when the two sides engaged in trade talks earlier this week. That’s $36 million that the Rangers would simply have to eat. Those talks have obviously been broken off.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels isn’t dumb. In fact, he’s a very highly regarded baseball mind. He is not going to blindly satisfy Young’s desire to get out of Texas with a deal that would cause harm to the future of the club that he is in charge of running. Paying $36 million to thin air over the next three seasons would be borderline idiotic and would certainly limit the Rangers’ ability to improve their overall roster.

If Young wants to suck up his pride and report to Rangers camp with a smile on his face, maybe all of this can be smoothed over. Young has expressed great feelings of respect for club president Nolan Ryan and manager Ron Washington, and a face-to-face meeting with those two would surely go a long way toward the reconciliation of what is, right now, a complete mess.

Young might not be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel at the moment, but there will be plenty of at-bats available to him if he commits to being a flexible member of the 2011 roster. Whether at designated hitter or first base, Washington can find him regular playing time.

The Rangers tried to shop him and couldn’t find a viable suitor. Now the ball is in Young’s court.

  1. koufaxmitzvah - Feb 10, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Michael Young is a gutty Gaucho. He will get his job done the best he can.

    • angrycorgi - Feb 11, 2011 at 9:57 AM

      …the “best he can” is gauranteed to be “not nearly good enough”…dude is making 16 mil a year to be a defensive joke…and he won’t play unless he has the opportunity to committ errors in the infield.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Feb 11, 2011 at 10:54 PM

        Whoah. You are angry. Don’t hate the player for getting paid. Dude’s got a good work ethic and will earn his trade if he gets it. Go Gauchos.

  2. hardjudge - Feb 10, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    He will probably be their regular first baseman for 5 or 6 years. He has plenty of range for first base and out hits their other candidates by a ton.

    • paperlions - Feb 10, 2011 at 9:33 PM

      It was a small sample size, but last year Moreland outhit Young (especially on the road)….and being 25, he’s likely to get better, Young is likely to get worse.

      • hardjudge - Feb 11, 2011 at 4:09 AM

        Moreland .255, which started high and got worse.
        Young .284

      • paperlions - Feb 11, 2011 at 7:34 AM

        How embarrassing for you.

        Moreland: .357 OBP, .472 SLG, .357 wOBA.
        Young: .330 OBP, .444 SLG, .335 wOBA.

      • paperlions - Feb 11, 2011 at 7:37 AM

        Also, in the post season Moreland put up a .400 OBP with .500 SLG, which was both better than Young and better than his regular season numbers…yeah, small sample sizes, but his numbers were not a product of an hot streak to start his MLB career.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 10, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    Andrus and the first base crew are a combined 11 years old, Kinsler body is made of blown glass, Beltre has had 2 good years in the last 10. Young should get 500ABs easy in TEX

    • Drew Silva - Feb 10, 2011 at 11:13 PM

      Yeah, good point about Kinsler. Who knows if he’ll be able to stay healthy?

  4. BC - Feb 11, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    DH him and make him the jack-of-all-trades utility guy. He’ll be in the lineup somewhere every day. And it’s not like a guy that doesn’t have any pop but hits between .280 and .300 is going to completely kill you. Texas should hang onto him unless they get blown away by some team willing to take on his entire contract (ain’t happening).

    • gt929 - Feb 13, 2011 at 1:18 AM

      That’s exactly what the Rangers intended to do before he threw a hissy.

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