Feb 20, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT
Rangers veteran Michael Young might not want to talk to general manager Jon Daniels about his request for a trade and the club’s failed attempts to deal him, but he did address the matter in camp Sunday with his teammates.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said Young told the players in the clubhouse that he “wasn’t going to be a distraction” this spring or during the regular season and that he wanted to focus on baseball.
A couple of teams have shown interest in the 34-year-old since he asked to be moved earlier this month after being pushed into a part-time role, but no team has been willing to assume all of — or even most of — the three years and $48 million remaining on his contract. Young hasn’t hit well away from the Rangers’ power-friendly home ballpark and he doesn’t have great range defensively. He’s simply not worth it.
If the Rangers can’t work out a trade, they’ll use him as a sometimes designated hitter and sometimes first baseman in 2011. He has not been completely phased out. Far from it, actually.
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