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Someone asked Vernon Wells what he thinks of the Michael Young situation for some reason

Feb 18, 2011, 4:39 PM EDT

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Actually I know the reason: Michael Young and Vernon Wells are good buddies who came up in the Jays system together.  For what it’s worth, Wells thinks the Rangers mishandled Young’s situation:

Like Young, Wells dealt with being a frequent target of trade rumors before the Angels acquired him for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera in January. Both players have hefty contracts that make them more difficult to move. “I dealt with it in-house, which was the right way to do things. He’s having to deal with it, unfortunately, publicly,” Wells said. “It creates all kinds of problems. It’s been handled poorly on their end, I’ll say that.”

Yeah, it is bad that Young is having to deal with this so publicly. It’s so bad that maybe he shouldn’t have gone and told that he felt manipulated and misled and revealed that he demanded a trade.  But sadly the Rangers did … that … made him talk to …

No, I have no idea either.

  1. hardjudge - Feb 18, 2011 at 7:15 PM

    Craig take the weekend off, get some rest and maybe next week you will understand.

    • billybeaneismyhero - Feb 18, 2011 at 9:53 PM

      Hard to understand what? Young isn’t being jerked around by the Texas Rangers. He’s an employee of the team. If the team tells him that they need him to fill another role, then it’s his job to roll with the punches and fill that role. He’s the same as you or I.

      The problem with the Young situation is that HE has handled it wrong all long. He’s the one that made this whole ordeal public. He’s the one that demanded a trade. He’s the one that aired his grievances with GM Jon Daniels to members of the press. For someone who’s supposed to be this great leader, he’s certainly shown that he thinks his well being comes before that of the team.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 18, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Wells and Young were at a game together, when the Wells to LAA trade was being finalized. Young was well aware of what was going on and he knew that the Jays were treating Wells with respect and were keeping the negotiations very quiet out of respect to Wells.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Feb 18, 2011 at 8:02 PM

      I guess what I’m struggling with is how, exactly, the Rangers didn’t treat Young with respect. Young asked to be traded. Young went to the media to complain that he was manipulated and misled. And I’m not quite sure what if anything there is to that charge. The Rangers basically tried to get better and each time they did they happened to find someone better than Young. Is that really mistreatment?

      Wells, on the other hand, always seemed like he was a total pro.

      How are these situations similar?

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 18, 2011 at 9:07 PM

        The Rangers twice asked Young to change positions when a young hotshot came along and most recently when they signed an expensive free agent. I doubt that they discussed his future with him prior to signing Beltre. They paid him as if he was a star and a key member of the team, yet they did not treat him like a star. There was a major disconnect and it appears that he eventually felt that he was not being treated with respect.

      • Mark - Feb 18, 2011 at 10:50 PM

        The Rangers asked Young to change positions because he’s not very good at 3B or SS. The Rangers had better players then Young, and improved the team by moving him off those positions. As a supposed clubhouse leader, you’d think he’d say “I understand why we’re doing this and I’m happy to help as long as we win”. But he didn’t do that. He whined and moaned and put himself before the team.

        Does it suck that he’s being moved to DH or a super utility role instead of playing in the field? Absolutely. The counter argument, is that he sucks defensively and is hurting the team, and Beltre/Andrus make the team better by having them in the field over Young.

        Young’s not even that good a hitter. If he was posting an 850-900 OPS you could look past the poor defense, but he’s not even giving you good offense here. I don’t find a 774 OPS very impressive for a guy playing a corner IF position. Especially when he’s playing half his games in Texas.

        The Rangers screwed up by giving him a big extension a few years back. The fact that they’ve moved him around isn’t the problem, and had Young actually played like the star you suggest he is then the Rangers wouldn’t have had to sign Beltre.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 19, 2011 at 8:20 AM

        Look Mark. The Rangers paid him like a star and initially treated him like a star. Furthermore he is and has been a better player than indicated by you.

      • paperlions - Feb 19, 2011 at 9:12 AM

        If Young played like a star he’d never have been moved. How he is paid is irrelevant. The Rangers are trying to get better, and people keep acting like they should put Young’s wants/wishes/desires/yens ahead of that goal.
        And Young is exactly the player indicated by Mark. He is a below average defender and he can only hit in the offensive haven of Arlington, on the road he has been a below average hitter. His career OPS+ is 105 and career wOBA is .346….those are hardly “star” numbers. The guy’s reputation is a 100% total creation of the ballpark at Arlington.

      • Mark - Feb 19, 2011 at 10:35 AM

        The Rangers paid him like a star because they rushed to make a contract extension they didn’t have to make. It was a poor decision, and it was universally panned at the time they made it.

        He actually hasn’t been a better player then I’ve indicated. He’s an empty 300 BA hitter. He has a 347 OBP which is pathetic for a guy who’s hitting 300. He’s never been a guy who hits for a ton of power, as his career 148 ISO shows. Despite spending his entire career in one of the best hitters parks, he has a 105 OPS+.

        The guy is overvalued because of his “gold glove”, which we all know is a joke, and his empty 300 BA. He’s not a good player. Your “star” player has been above 3 WAR three times in 10 seasons. That’s not a star by any definition of the word.

        Like Paperlions and I have said, the Rangers wouldn’t have had to add Beltre if Young had played better. They’re a better team because Beltre’s a better 3B and Andrus is a better SS. The Rangers held up their end of the bargain by paying him like a star player – the problem is Young hasn’t performed like one, which is what led to them adding better players and moving Young around.

  3. quintjs - Feb 18, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    I thought the issue was more to do with how its obvious the Rangers have been exploring trades for him all winter and told him they were not. Then when they signed Beltre they said he will be the DH full time and played the field a bit and then that changed when they acquired Napoli.

    I don’t know what he was told and when, but if any of that is true, he was clearly misled.

    It doesn’t really matter if that is what is best for the team, you can’t tell your players one thing and do something else. They should have told him they wanted to upgrade at third and were open to bringing in another player to split the DH time, while Young would DH half the time, and play the field say a quarter of the time.

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  4. shawnuel - Feb 18, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    I have to agree with Craig on this one. I will concede that Texas could have been a bit more forthright in their dealings with Young, but who is to say they tried to replace him? If someone calls you up and offers an upgrade like Napoli, or a window comes open to sign a Beltre (who is a great fit in that park, by the way) you’ve gotta listen and, sometimes, move quickly. Young is a freakin’ adult. He is being paid an astronomical amount to play a game. The Rangers aren’t required to check with him on every move they make. I’d have a little more compassion for him if he didn’t whine and moan both previous times Texas “disrespected” him by bringing in a younger, better defender at his position. Shame on them trying to improve their team!

  5. stlducks - Feb 18, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    So do they just let anyone write articles on here? How bout next time keep your opinions to yourself and not add them in the story.

    • elpendejo59 - Feb 19, 2011 at 1:06 AM

      Think you have missed the point of this blog. It’s not an article by a beat writer or an AP story, sorry.

    • Charles Gates - Feb 19, 2011 at 8:32 AM

      No, they do not let just anyone write articles on here. Maybe they do, but I can’t find the ‘Submit’ button.

    • paperlions - Feb 19, 2011 at 9:17 AM

      I think he might of missed the entire point of blogs.

    • gt929 - Feb 19, 2011 at 9:59 AM

      Rumor is that stlducks has been signed by NBC to write on this blog. Having been misled and manipulated, Craig has thrown a hissy and demanded to be traded to another blog, but his contract is bloated and no one will make a decent offer. Ok, there’s really no rumor, but I’m starting it now.

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