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Rangers don't think they can move Young

Posted on: February 10, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2011 6:17 pm
Michael Young It's looking more and more likely Michael Young and the Rangers are going to be stuck with each other, like two roommates who don't get along but are trapped in a bad lease.

The latest is a tweet from Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, who has been told by a Rangers source the team doesn't expect to be able to move Young, that "teams have inquired but feel set heading to spring camp."

No real surprise. The ground here has been well-covered: Young was displaced into a DH/utility role by the acquisition of Adrian Beltre, isn't happy about that and asked for a trade. But anyone who had a need for a starting infielder and that kind of money to spend has already done whatever they were going to do for this season. Here is a rundown from yesterday on why Young doesn't fit with various teams.

It's just not the time of year when you can easily move a 34-year-old with three years and $48 million left on his contract.

UPDATE: Rangers GM Jon Daniels spoke with the Dallas Morning News this afternoon and had this to say:

"None of us is happy that it came to this," Daniels said. "Nobody looks good right now. There are two options here. If a trade presents itself that looks like it will help the club, we will pursue it. If not, we'll go to spring training."

Also, Ken Rosenthal of was told by a source that the Dodgers were interested in Young, but wanted the Rangers to pay 75 percent of the $48 million in salary. The Rangers know they are going to have to eat money to get this done, but they don't want to pay someone that much to play somewhere else.

-- David Andriesen

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Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 2:26 pm

Rangers don't think they can move Young

I am a Mets fan and would love to see Michael Young at Citifield. 2nd base has been a black hole for us for years, and if we could get Texas to eat some of the contract and not give up too much, he's be a great fit in an already fairly strong lineup.

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 2:11 pm

Rangers don't think they can move Young

If Young didn't like it he should have spoke up in the 1st place. As I can remmeber when the deal went down he said he was fine to move positions to be a team player. To me Mike Young has been one of the best team players in the AL for years so he needs to shut his mouth and roll with whatever they give him.

Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 11:59 am

Rangers don't think they can move Young

34, declining defense, slowly declining bat, and going to make $48 million dollars over the next 3 years...poor Young.  He is upset that he got supplanted in the field by a much better defensive player in his prime.  That is life buddy, it happens, and to be honest a good team player would see it as a way to strengthen the club and make another run at a World Series.  It wasn't like they said they didn't want him, they just wanted him to play a different role, one that would help the team.

Would any of you who owned a business let one of your employees go play for a rival.  Maybe yes, but would you also pay for his salary at the new place because you and him didn't get f'n way.

Since: May 5, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 11:44 am

Rangers don't think they can move Young

Been a Ranger fan since 1988. Never been a fan of Young. He has always struck me as an A-Roid type player mentally. The fact of the matter is that the Rangers moved him to short stop to get Kinsler at bats. Then they moved Young to third because Elvis is the best defensive short stop in baseball. In the World Series, the whole world saw what many of us have been watching the last few years; Young can not play third! What Young fails to realize is that he will get plenty at bats. With injuries and being the full time DH, it would all work out. He will play second, short stop and third then play the rest of the games at DH; a lot like Omar Vizquel did a few years back. In a very limited role, Vizquel got 177 at bats in 62 games. Triple that and that is where Young will be.

As Richard Pryor said of Bill Cosby, "Well, tell [Young] I said have a Coke and a smile and shut the f### up!"

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 7:07 am

Rangers don't think they can move Young

Really, let's face it, Jon Daniels made his own bed by sigining Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli. Signing Beltre was a good move, an upgrade defensively, and an even swap offensively, but getting Napoli wasn't something the Rangers needed to do immediately. Yes, Napoli has more power, but he's nowhere near the hitter Michael Young is, and never will be. They could have waited to try and move Young before getting Napoli, then if they can't move Young, they don't make the trade for Napoli. You can't tell me there were teams battering down the door of the BlueJays GM to get Napoli. Sounds like poor planning to me.

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 4:10 am

Rangers don't think they can move Young

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Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2011 2:30 am

Rangers don't think they can move Young

I am seriously blown away that ANYONE can blame Young for being pissed off. He has been a class act and the fact that people are ranking on him is BS. Pull your heads out of your @$$ and pay attention to the actual situation.

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:59 am

Rangers don't think they can move Young

You are the GM, you have budget to go by, you have to plan ahead.  Tony Reagins created the same situation in Anaheim which forced Gary Mathews Jr. to lose his job, the difference being Mathews Jr. didn't have a reason to complain as a result, since he actually was awful in the first two seasons of his contract.  The team could also afford to pay for Reagins one mistake.

Daniels has only had two good seasons as the GM on the otherhand, he doesn't have a great budget at the end of the day either.  Besides, it certainly speaks volumes about the organization when you keep moving/screwing someone around, instead of just getting him out of the organization (as was basically being implied by Daniels for years now).  The situation is entirely his own creation, being some young hot-shot GM is no excuse either at this point, he has been doing this for over four years now.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:09 am

Rangers don't think they can move Young

Michael Young is a moron, end of story.  If he's so upset and he wants to get traded that bad, then open it up.  He should give the Rangers the option to trade him ANYWHERE..... then and only then he might get his wish.....

Who is this guy to demand a trade and limit who they can talk to???  If I was his boss, I'd laugh at him and tell him to take a hike. 

Tell me I can trade you anywhere and you'll go to the highest bidder.. limit my options and I"m not even talking to anybody....

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:38 pm

Rangers don't think they can move Young

I'm not a Mets fan, but he'd bat well over .300 and help them. He's a better fielder at 2nd. He wasn't that great as a SS or 3B way too many errors. But the Mets need a 2B. Please Sandy, don't get Michael Young. Go out and get another Canseco and McGwire. You didn't know anything now, did you? 

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