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Demanding trade, Young 'misled and manipulated'

Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:24 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 12:16 am

YoungThe Rangers have confirmed reports that Michael Young has demanded a trade and did so a week ago.

Young has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason, and things have ramped up again recently with a report Young could be joining the Rockies shortly. The Angels are also thought to be involved, but Texas would prefer not to deal their franchise icon to a division rival.

Despite being a franchise icon, Young is quite overpaid, due $48 million over the next three years. Colorado is requesting the Rangers eat at least $20 million, which would make Young's contract into commensurate value for the Rox. The Rangers have moved Young around, first from second to shortstop and then short to third, the latter move which was met with major displeasure by Young although he eventually acquiesced.

Despite the moves, Young still remains a terrible fielder (although he would play second in Colorado). When the Rangers addressed their fielding issues by signing Adrian Beltre, that pushed Young into a DH role that he originally accepted. However, Young has since balked, due in part to Texas' acquisition of Mike Napoli, which would steal at-bats from Young at DH.

"He's had time to think about it," GM Jon Daniels told the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. "Time's gone on and he's changed his mind."

President Nolan Ryan added more context, saying Young realized a trade would be in the best interest of his career as he could continue playing the field and not being shoehorned into the DH spot.

This is a rather masterful stroke for Texas. Fans were upset the Rangers were trying to deal Young as he is well-regarded in the community and is a fan favorite. However, by announcing Young's trade demand, the club can deal Young and then tell its fans they were only accommodating his request. Pretty smart.

UPDATE: Michael Young lashed out at ownership Monday night after the Rangers leaked the trade demand. Young is likely upset he is being painted the bad guy when he clearly feels different.

Telling the Dallas Morning News, Young said:

I've kept a low profile out of respect for the team, the coaching staff, my family and the fans because I didn't want to put anybody on an unnecessary roller-coaster. Now, I think it's important to address the inaccurate portrayal that is being painted. The suggestion that I've simply had a change of heart and asked for a trade is a manipulation of the truth. I want to be traded because I've been misled and manipulated and I'm sick of it.

How was he misled? And manipulated?

"That would be unproductive for everybody, particularly my teammates and coaches," he said. "I know the truth and Jon Daniels knows the truth and I will sleep well."

UPDATE 2: More quotes from Young, this time from


I would have prefered this to stay behind closed doors. The shame of this is I have a great group of teammates that I've grown to love. But at this point I don't think [it can be worked out]. I think a trade is going to happen.


And now FOXSports.

"I’m not going to sit here and say I’m above anything in that sense," Young said about trade talks, saying he was surprised but not upset. "It’s the business of baseball. People explore their options. In no way do I feel I’m above that."

UPDATE 3: And more information is pumping in. has learned the eight teams Young can be dealt to as part of his partial no-trade clause. Cardinals, Yankees, Twins, Astros, Rockies, Dodgers, Angels and Padres.

GM Daniels said earlier that he felt it simplest to work within those eight teams to facilitate a trade. The Cardinals could absolutely use Young as they have a shaky David Freese there, but they just can't take on the salary commitment -- even if Texas eats $20 million -- when they have Albert Pujols to worry about. If they do swing a trade, that could mean Pujols' time is done.

The Yankees are likewise all set and would have no place to play him. The Twins appear maxed out on payroll and have settled their situation, and despite having a spare outfielder, the Rangers have no need there. The Astros are rebuilding and slashing payroll, so that deal makes zero sense. The Rockies we have all heard about. The Dodgers could salivate at bumping Casey Blake off third for a better hitter, but who knows what the finances are like in Dodgertown. The Angels are a divisional rival with an acute need, but how can the Rangers possibly justify moving Young to a division rival after all this drama? The Padres, lastly, have zero interest in an aging, overpaid hitter slowly on the decline. Yes, he may be able to help, but the Padres can't take that luxury ... if one can call it a luxury.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2011 6:58 am

Demanding trade, Young 'misled and manipulated'

If the Reds could swing a deal with some cash coming from the Rngers,i feel it would be a no brainer.More veterean leadership without the mouth,pure professional all the way.He could resy Rolen and give the younger guys more experience,although talkink a walk is definatly against Dustys philosophy LOL

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 9:44 pm

Demanding trade, Young 'misled and manipulated'

Naw buddies, you guys are wrong. You did not add power by putting Beltre in the lineup. I'm a Mariners fan and I can tell you Beltre will hardly hit the ball out of the yard and will barely be on base. He will not be good in the clutch and will not be better than MY was in the order. He adds great fielding, but coming from a Mariners fan, who's team is always great at fielding and pitching and nothing else, this will not make your team any better. 
I've watched a lot of Ranger games and have never seen Michael Young make bad plays in the field so no idea what you guy's are referring too. I think Young will be picked up by another team and will be a big difference maker no matter where he ends up. Either way, you guy's just went back to the basement of the AL West. Remember how long it was before you won a playoff series, let alone a home playoff game? Well, get used to that again. Go M's!

Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 7:20 pm

Demanding trade, Young 'misled and manipulated'

Its not  stupid and I have a brain, I just find it funny the majority of people were calling Fitzgerald selfish and a divia, while young perception is mostly positive. Personally I don't care I think players have the right to ask for a trade, I was pointing out an observation     

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 4:47 pm

Demanding trade, Young 'misled and manipulated'

As a general rule I think pro athletes who "demand" trades are primadonnas who don't really have the same concept of "team" as they suggest they do. However, I can think of no player in any sport who has been more team oriented than Michael Young. Here is a guy who has played in 150 games or more in 9 of the 10 season he has been with the Rangers. He has won a batting title, is a career .300 hitter, and had been to 7 straight all-star games before last year's "down year" where he scored 99 runs and drove in 91. The comment about his fielding made by Brunell, taken to imply Young is a poor fielder, is really what makes my point. Yes he had a poor fielding year last year. However, that is 2 years removed from being relocated (for the second time). The last year he played shortstop the guy won a freakin' Gold Glove. This guy has done everything he has been asked to do. Michael Young's numbers are better than Elvis Andrus, and they are comperable with Ian Kinsler (the guy who replaed the guy who displaced Young the first time). Why a team would keep picking a guy like this to try an upgrade is beyond me. Michael Young has earned his spot (actually he has earned 3 of them). I say shame on the Rangers for letting him go, and I expect that whoever gets Young next year, can expect a lot of production; because that's what they guy does, produces!

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 4:21 pm

Demanding trade, Young 'misled and manipulated'

fivestar#44: If he was black people on this board would be condeming him for demanding a trade 

If you had a brain, you wouldn't post stupid comments.

Since: Apr 17, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:59 pm

Demanding trade, Young 'misled and manipulated'

I truly believe that NONE of this would have even happened had the Rangers not traded Frank Francisco (a very solid RP) for Mike Napoli (a decent power bat, but offers little else).  When this trade went down, that's probably when the Face of the Franchise frowned.  Michael Young has done nothing but give everything he has to give to his teammates (PROVEN leader), the organization (making multiple position switches to help team get better) & to the area of Arlington/Dallas metro (very involved in community)!  I'll admit that, yes, he is overpaid, but this is a contract the Rangers entered into as well, it's not like he threatened to sign elsewhere if they didn't give him that amount.  His contract was agreed upon by both entities!  I'll also admit that MY's defense is not what it once was, thus making him a DH & super utility player was a great move that he originally agreed to!  BUT, when you then go trade one of your main bullpen pieces for a player that "might" hit 6-8 more HR's than Young himself, but also struggles to hit .220 (or match ANY of MY's other hitting statistics!!) while playing subpar defense at the catcher & 1B position, that makes NO sense!!  I've been a Texas Rangers fan since before MY even dreamed of playing major league baseball & I'll forever cheer for the Rangers, but I also truly feel that the Rangers management is completely responsible for possibly burning a bridge with one of THE GREATEST TEXAS RANGERS PLAYERS EVER!!  I sincerely hope/prey that Rangers management & Michael Young can figure out some way to keep him in a Rangers uniform for the rest of his career, but I also fear that the damage they've done is going to be extremely difficult to repair. 

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:23 pm

Demanding trade, Young 'misled and manipulated'

Come on people give the guy a break, he has done EVERYTHING the team has asked him for.  To the guy that mentioned his $60 a year job, I'm sue that if your boos came to you and said we are going to put you in another position but at the same pay, you would have a cow.  If they did that again in a few years you would have another one.  Then again in a few more years anotehr one.  Here the money doesn't matter, it is about respect and doing everything you can to help your team move forward, he has done that.  Then you tell him he's a DH, and then sign another DH isn't just stupid it's insulting, no matter what the pay.  This is especially bad because I would have bet Nolan Ryan wouldn't do something like this to as mentioned above the Face of the Team.

Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 1:45 pm

Demanding trade, Young 'misled and manipulated'

Wah, wah WAAHHH!! I'm only making $48 million over the next 3 years and they want me to play ANOTHER POSITION!! This is a detriment to my family. HOW will they be able to eat their filet mignon and stuffed lobster every night when they have to worry about where I'm playing. My gosh, I mean, I might have to DH, play third, play first! My family wont know where to find me on the field! They'll be worried about me! WAH!!!

Poor ME!!!

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2011 12:55 pm

Demanding trade, Young 'misled and manipulated'

If he were in the NBA and acting this way, he would be labeled a "THUG." Funny how each sport perceived differently when in reality it's all the same business. Players taking care of themselves and losing site of how fortunate and skilled they are which in essence is ruining sports, TEAM sports. 

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 12:55 pm

Demanding trade, Young 'misled and manipulated'

I hear this all the time... Beltre only plays well in a contract year. I guess that is just the "buzz"... It's misinformed ignorance, however. When looking at his stats, that does not hold up. He has a career .275 avg with 23 HR since playing full time in '99. Plus he is light years better defensively than young. I am a Ranger season ticket holder so I see all the balls that wiz by Young without him even getting off his heels. That is the reason why he has moved around so much. We need his hitting, without having to depend on him for 150 games in the field. 
But back to the fallacy of Beltre not performing outside of a contract year. He had a string of 25, 26, 25 HR seasons with 89,99,77 RBI seasons. With an average of about .270 through that span. Unless he had three straight contract years, I will take these stats at third considering his D as well. I love young, but I back the GM of the year here, make the team and pitching better by putting better defenders on the field. Young has never even had a 25 homerun season in his career. He's a contact hitter and I like his bat, but as a DH/utility infielder. 

Young is looking bad here, it reminds me of when Michael Finley still believed he was a starting two guard.. Which he wasn't anymore. And we had to let him go, because he would rather be a backup for the Hated Spurs, before being a backup on the team that stuck by him and paid him so well. Humble yourself.

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