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Can Young remain with Rangers? Sure, why not?

Posted on: February 17, 2011 11:38 am
Edited on: February 17, 2011 1:43 pm
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- More and more, it looks like Michael Young will begin spring training as a Ranger.

More and more, it's easy to think that Young will end spring training as a Ranger, too.

And more and more, it seems that is the Rangers' best-case scenario, rather than the worst.

Young hasn't yet arrived at the Rangers' complex in Surprise, but that's not newsworthy. The Rangers don't begin full-squad workouts until Sunday, and Young wouldn't have been expected to show up earlier than that, trade request or no trade request.

Is there still a chance the Rangers trade him before Sunday?

Sure, but the chances of that are slim, and not just because time is running out. The bigger issue is that the Rangers aren't willing now to make a trade that makes their 2011 team worse, and the $48 million remaining on Young's contract makes it next to impossible to construct a trade that doesn't make the Rangers worse.

One rival executive suggested that the Rangers would need to pay at least half of the remaining money just to make a trade, and even then they would be unlikely to get equal value in return.

The Rangers' current strategy, instead, is to bring Young to camp, meet with him, and hope that the more he's around his teammates, the more the situation will calm itself down and the more willing he'll be to accept his new role as a designated hitter and super-utility player.

While Young hasn't yet spoken publicly, there are already indications he's on the way to accepting that.

Teammate and friend Ian Kinsler, who said he has spoken to Young recently, quickly dismissed any suggestion that Young won't show up as scheduled on Sunday.

"Absolutely [he'll be here]," Kinsler said. "This isn't DeSean Jackson, Manny Ramirez or Michael Vick. This is Michael Young. Michael Young is a professional."

Take that to mean that Young will show up on time. Take that also to mean that Young won't pout when he does arrive, and that he's a lot more likely to be a team leader than a team distraction.

"As long as he's here, he's going to be the same guy we've known," Kinsler said. "He's going to be motivated. He's going to be a leader."

Manager Ron Washington agrees.

"Michael has a presence, and that won't change," Washington said.

The plan for now is for Young to be the Rangers' primary designated hitter, but he'll also work out this spring at first base, second base and third base. He'll likely play all three positions during the season, with playing time at each dependent on injuries and possibly on how well Mitch Moreland does as the regular first baseman.

The key for the Rangers is that having Young's bat in the lineup makes them better, and trading him almost certainly would make them worse.

They're better off with him, assuming he's willing. They're better off waiting and seeing if he will be.

Then the Rangers can move on to other issues, like deciding who will be in their starting rotation.

As of Thursday, Washington said he plans to work 12 pitchers as starters this spring, and that only two of them -- C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis -- are guaranteed spots in the opening day rotation.

They don't know which pitchers will be there on April 1 against the Red Sox. They don't know for sure that Michael Young will be there.

More and more, though, it appears he will be.

And that's not a bad thing.
Category: MLB

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Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2011 3:56 pm

Can Young remain with Rangers? Sure, why not?

Some players can field and hit. Others can hit, and their fielding has diminished. Still others see a quick decline.
However, being able to actually accumulate hits consistently isn't as easy as people presume.
Young has that ability. His fielding ability is major league, but there are other defensive players that are better at those positions on the current roster.
It's not like he won't plat the field. Beltre and Kinslerare are probably a bit susceptible healthwise, which gives Young plenty of fielding opportunities.

Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2011 9:00 am

Can Young remain with Rangers? Sure, why not?

The more the Rangers change, the more they remain the same.  People really need to remember who this team is, seriously, look close.  This is a team that historically hits with the best teams in the game, and rarely makes the post season, and in all likelihood that is what you will continue to see.  The Angels had a very off year, so the Rangers went to the post season last year.  Unless that happens again, they won't this year.  This team collectively cannot pitch, and it got worse this off season in that regard.  Look closer at the numbers, really, look close.   Last year they won 90 games, and that # will go down this year, so forget about them soon, the post season will.  Yeah, they were in the World Series, but both the Braves and Phillies gave the Giants more trouble than the Rangers did.  It is curious that the Rangers put out the champs, who are another of those teams that hit with the best of them but can't pitch enough, and those Yankees got worse this off season too.  I am surprised how slowly people are waking up to the new reality of MLB.  If you don't pitch, and pitch very, very well, you won't win.  All of these teams are made up of great hitters, sure they may not all be Sir Albert, who is no more worth the money he is asking for than other clods like A-Rod or Ryan Howard who stupidly over paid as well as many, many others.  The Phillies went out and spent stupid money on pitching, but the thing that people seem to be forgetting while they are drooling over the star power of the Phillies rotation is the collective age of this group, which should be very alarming, and Cliff Lee missed time last year, while idiots just went on and on about him, please people wake up.  This is becoming a game for young men, what it ideally should be, and the Phillies fossils will be one of the most likely staffs in all of baseball to lose one or more pitchers, an easy thing to ignore since the games have yet to begin.  But the time will come.  Tampa will compete, and compete well, and the Giants are very likely to repeat their excellent season too, and the White Sox can really pitch too with appropriate mix of hitting.  Alright, you may not know the names on these teams as well, but you will learn when you check out the box scores, when you try to figure out what went wrong with these power hitting teams, see Yankees, Rangers and a few others like the Tigers and so on.  As for Michael Young, take your money and keep quiet as you have so far, or get over yourself, and make it easier to be traded to a team where you can win, play for less, your stats don't match your salary and few teams around will pay your inflated rate for what you can contribute, now if you could pitch effectively, I am sure the Rangers would throw even more money at you.  Otherwise you are to Texas what Pappi is to Boston, too popular on your own team to cut and way overpaid for what you produce, but I will give the Rangers, they made the mistake of your $ years ago; Boston voluntarily stuck the gun in their mouth this off-season!  They didn't even have the sense to make the contract from late May early June for Pappi, who is nothing but a liabilty prior to that time frame in a season anymore, who is running that carnival up in chowder land?


Since: Mar 3, 2010
Posted on: February 18, 2011 5:32 pm

Can Young remain with Rangers? Sure, why not?

life long ranger fan---seen soriano---hes a pouter---cant play the field--if we have to keep young-he will be ok as a back-up---i dont think texas will bite on soriano---hey i do root for the cubs too--its one of my national league favorites--i miss harrys brodcast--and i loved old lou--man im old enough i saw lou play for the yankees---

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