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Michael Young will only approve a trade to the Rangers

Jul 30, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

Michael Young dugout

There are some suggestions that Michael Young is out the door.  But if he is, it sounds like the destination has to be Texas.  Ken Rosenthal reports that Young, who has a full no-trade clause, will only approve a trade back to the Rangers.

What people have been saying about Young all along is true: he’s a team player who cares only about making the Rangers better.  Pity he plays for the Phillies at the moment, but let us not dwell on the details.

  1. stex52 - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Yeah, I see that happening.

  2. chiadam - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Why does he have a no-trade clause? Did Jim Hendry negotiate his contract in secret?

  3. therealtrenches - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    A friend of mine who is a lifelong Rangers fan always claimed that Young was not the “great guy” that everyone made him out to be. As soon as this was posted, he texted to say “see?? told ya!!”

    I can’t get mad at a guy for wanting to have some control over where he plays, but would less than half a season living out of the suitcase he brought with him to play in Philly this season really kill him?

    • The Common Man - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      His not-even-one-year old spent part of this season in the hospital and has other health issues. Can’t blame a guy for wanting to be with his family, especially at a time like this.

      • therealtrenches - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:49 PM

        As a father of two little ones, I can relate to this. It’s any parent’s worst fear to be far away from home while your kiddo is sick enough to be hospitalized.

        But Philly is pretty far from Texas. New York and Boston are further away, but the transport isn’t all that different. And the rest of the major league cities are *closer* to Texas than Philly, New York, and Boston. Would being traded to another team *not* in Texas be any worse than playing in the city he’s currently signed with?

      • The Common Man - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:05 PM

        No, but this is presumably the only leverage he has to get sent back to Texas. He gets to limit the possible outcomes to two: he goes to Texas or he stays in Philly, as opposed to 5-6 potential outcomes. If the goal is to get back to Texas, this is the best way to accomplish it.

      • therealtrenches - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:34 PM

        Yeah, I get that…but the more we think about his domestic situation and how it influences his decisions, we are forgetting the part where this guy is paid to..you know.. play baseball.

        Besides, it’s not likely that Texas will want him. And it’s already clear that Philly doesn’t.

        So what’s the point in vetoing any other trades, when all that does is guarantee that he stays half a continent away from the place where he yearns to be?

      • The Common Man - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Again, because it’s the only move he has to get what he wants. I understand it completely. He’s paid to play baseball, and he’ll play it regardless of whether he stays in Philly or not. And saying he won’t waive it is one thing. Teams are still welcome to try and talk him into it. It costs him nothing to draw this line in the sand.

      • therealtrenches - Jul 30, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        ” It costs him nothing to draw this line in the sand….”

        …except the chance to play for a team that’s closer to home than Philadelphia…or might give him a shot at winning a ring (which is why I reminded us both that this guy is a ball player, after all). It costs him plenty, by the very terms of the argument you’re making (that he wants to be home).

        Do you really think that Texas and Philly can, will, or even want to work out a deal?

  4. geoknows - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Actually, Young’s no-trade clause only allows him to block 21 teams, so that leaves eight teams he can be traded to without his consent. His ten-five rights went away when the Rangers traded him.

    • scotttheskeptic - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Spotrac.com and Rotoworld.com both report full no-trade for 2013.

    • theinconvienenttruth - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      Those 8 teams are probably not in contention

    • bdawk20 - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      Actually, you just provided the details of Cliff Lee’s no-trade clause.

  5. scotttheskeptic - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Wow, can’t trade M. Young, can’t get rid of Rollins. Amaro, welcome to reaping what you’ve sown.

  6. yankee172 - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    What happened to the bad blood between Young and the Rangers? Wasn’t he itching to get out of there just last year?

    • The Common Man - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      His family is still down there, and he has an infant who’s ill and has had to spend time in the hospital this season.

    • scotttheskeptic - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      Perhaps there are some Rangers’ franchise records he wants to pursue.

    • gt929 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:28 AM

      He doesn’t care for Daniels, but he loves Wash, and vice versa.

  7. spudchukar - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    News Flash: NBC’s Craig Calcaterra has been traded to Fox News. Reports indicate Fox has optioned him to their top affiliate in Hattiesburgh, Mississippi, but sources close to Calcaterra say he won’t report and doesn’t approve of the move, and will only approve a move to CBS’s New York office.

    • Glenn - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Do you really think that Craig would jeopardize his $16 million per year contract?

      • spudchukar - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        To replace Heymann?

    • sandrafluke2012 - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      I’ll take any Fox News person over Al Sharpton

      • clemente2 - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        Is this congenital or earned?

      • stex52 - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        Good for you.

        Did someone offer you Al Sharpton?

  8. nagrommit - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Michael Young needs to understand that when you stop seeing someone, you STOP SEEING THEM.

  9. Advanced Strength Training Programs - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    As a Nats fan, anything that make the phillies look silly is awesome

    • scotttheskeptic - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      So that outfield we put up in Detroit must have had you absolutely giddy.

    • El Bravo - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      As a Braves fan, I tend to agree with you.

      • Advanced Strength Training Programs - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:43 PM

        Now that a Braves fan agreed with me, I have to rethink my position hahah

    • twpguy1964 - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Look in the mirror, your team is a epic failure!

  10. tcostant - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Just strange. Was this the team that was always moving his position and then moved him to DH, when he didn’t want to be a full-time DH. Strange.

    While does he even have a no trade clause, he not a 5 / 10 guy?

    • stex52 - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:12 PM

      No. He hasn’t even finished a year with the Phils. Clock starts again with a new team.

  11. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    Consider this though: Phillies have called up Cody Asche. Which seems to means MY can accept bench role or a trade.

    • scotttheskeptic - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      DFA him, for all I care. Rangers are paying most of his salary, and I would rather see what Asche can do.

  12. mungman69 - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Get rid of the bum.

  13. paperlions - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Eh, I got no problem with this. Players earn or negotiate the right to decide who they are traded to…Young has earned that right, he has not obligation to the Phillies other than to play baseball as best he can and to honor his contract, which he is doing.

  14. philsieg - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    …he’s a team player who cares only about making the Rangers better.

    So he stays in Philly, right?

  15. beefytrout - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    The Rangers are hitting into enough double plays as it is. We don’t need the King of GIDP back on the roster, thanks.

  16. twpguy1964 - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Only 2 ways this can go if he stays…1) He gets benched the rest of the year…2) He plays first base and Asche plays 3rd for the rest of the year and let Howard sit for the rest of the year to heal up

  17. finchj15 - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Reblogged this on Baseball 101: Finchy's View and commented:
    Should go to Red Sox WITH Lee.

  18. Gamera the Brave - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    In Russia, Asche kicks YOU!

    Sorry…

  19. tbutler704 - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    The eyes of Texas are upon you, all the live long day.

  20. taron2in1 - Jul 30, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    I’m going down with the ship that got me a chip!!!! You so called Philly Phans should be ashamed of yourselves. Show some Pride!!!!

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