Tag:Michael Young
Posted on: December 29, 2010 3:33 pm

A's drop out of bidding for Beltre

Adrian Beltre It's long seemed the Angels will be the default landing spot for free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre, but with the A's reportedly dropping out of contention for Beltre, it would appear he's running out of options.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes the A's, who had made multiple offers to Beltre, "pulled out of the talks this week to pursue other players."

It looks as if this could be the rare overplay by Beltre's agent, Scott Boras. The Rangers are the only other team known to have interest -- but they'd have to find a taker for Michael Young, which doesn't seem likely.

Rosenthal says the Orioles and Blue Jays could make offers, while the Mariners, Marlins, Dodgers and Giants could use help at third base. Keep those teams in mind when the "mystery team" pops up in the next week.

The Angels have pulled a five-year, $70 million offer, while the A's had reportedly offered five-years and $64 million. If Beltre signs for a penny less, it could be seen as the rare loss on Boras' record, more than any referendum on the player himself.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 28, 2010 12:16 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2010 12:47 pm

Ryan speaks on Texas' offseason moves

RyanTeam president Nolan Ryan appeared on Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket Monday, with the Dallas Morning News transcribing the content. Ryan spoke about ever-rising salaries and what it means to the Rangers.

"Obviously, the premier free agents…they’re just so few of them, they just keep going up and so what you have is a high-ish amount of people getting an unbelievable amount of money and it impacts everything else," Ryan said. "So we’re overpaying some free agents that probably shouldn’t be getting paid what they are."

The Rangers have been quiet this offseason despite the chase for Cliff Lee, signing catchers Yorvit Torrealba and Matt Treanor, the latter coming back to the team for $850,000. Torrealba inked a two-year, $6.25 million deal. Texas also acquired Mason Tobin in the Rule 5 draft via the Cubs. That's been it -- and that may have something to do with Ryan's preferences.

"My comfort level on free agency is three to four years and they think nothing of agents, nowadays, asking for seven. So, I don’t know, I don’t know how you justify something like that."

Clearly, the team justified offering more than four years to Lee, with six- and seven-year deals on the table for the left-hander. However, Lee was a special case: one of a handful of "true" aces in the game and who expressed a willingness to return to Texas. On a regular basis, free-agent deals lasting longer than four years rarely work out.

With free-agent pitcher Carl Pavano demanding at least three years and Texas not keen on meeting that asking price, the club reportedly agreed to terms with Brandon Webb, with only a physical standing in the way.

"It’s a little premature for me to make that prediction or not," Ryan said of inking Webb,  "But we’ve been in talks and had discussions with his agent and if you were to ask me today where we stand, I’d say we’re probably getting really close."

It's not just Webb left on the shopping list for Texas. The team needs a DH, and talks with incumbent Vladimir Guerrero haven't been fruitful. The Rangers appear to be exploring all other possibilities -- including a platoon at the spot.

"There’s several DHs that I think would be nice additions if you had the ability to sign a DH and then sign another one that might be good from the other side of the plate. He could give you some at-bats and maybe be a pinch hitter so yea, I’d say there are a few players out there that could still help the ball club but whether that’s doable or not, I don’t know."

One such player that could help is third baseman Adrian Beltre, who has found the market as chilly as last year. Only this time, he's coming off the pillow contract that worked wonders in Boston, but still no interest. That could open the door for Texas, although the team would be confronted with a tough situation in moving Michael Young to another position.

"When you have a player of [Beltre's] caliber out there, you have to have an interest if it’s realistic within what your budget is and how he would fit into your ball club and how you would hit him in the lineup and stuff of that nature," Ryan noted. "So, obviously with our ball club, it wouldn’t be nearly as clear-cut as somebody else, say whether it be the Angels and the rumor is that Oakland has made him [an] offer. I would say if you looked at the free agent market right now, he’s probably the premier free agent that’s still unsigned."

While you can't close the door on Beltre to Texas, it does appear that the team isn't seeking an outfielder. With Josh Hamilton's myriad injuries, he's best used as a left fielder and Texas wants to make that happen with internal candidates. Julio Borbon has been trying to crack the starting lineup permanently and may come through in 2011. Texas also has rising prospect Engel Beltre, acquired from Boston in the Eric Gagne trade.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 10:55 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 11:14 am

Report: Rangers after Beltre

Adrian Beltre It seemed odd that the Rangers would be shopping franchise stalwart Michael Young, as reported this afternoon. But now we see the other part of their plan.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has heard from several sources that the Rangers are clearing a spot at third base because they are trying to sign free agent Adrian Beltre to a long-term deal. Evan Brunell of Facts and Rumors suggested that very thing earlier in the day, but his idea was to have Young move across and settle the Rangers' revolving-door problem at first base.

However, Young has three more years left on his contract at $16 million per, and if the Rangers add Beltre, that would make for one expensive infield. They are talking with the Rockies about taking Young, and would likely have to pick up some of the salary, but moving him would clear some money off the books.

The question is, does a dalliance with Beltre signal that the Rangers are prepared to lose out on Cliff Lee? Beltre reportedly is asking for five years at $85 million, and it's tough to see Texas, which was 27th in payroll last season, doing both. That's not to mention the looming issue of designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE : The Rangers have told Michael Young he is staying put, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today writes. So much for that.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 7, 2010 6:12 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2010 6:42 pm

Rangers listening to offers on Michael Young

Young The Rangers are listening to trade offers for Michael Young, although no deal is close as FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.

Young, 34, has been an integral part of the Rangers for the last nine seasons, constantly banging out big hits while playing at second, short and most recently third. The problem is Young is getting no younger and is approaching -- if he hasn't already -- liability status with the glove.

(In fact, it wouldn't be the worst idea in the world if the Rangers went after Adrian Beltre and shoved Young to first base.)

Young has three years left on his deal with an average annual salary of $16 million, which is significant dollars to give to someone who is just solid with the bat, not otherworldly. He hit .284/.330/.444 in 2010, although that came after 2009's .322/.374/.518 total. Young is generally good for around 20 home runs and good batting average but has also benefited greatly from his home park.

While Texas would probably love to shed his contract for a young, cost-controlled player, it's hard to fathom any other club being interested. Young will likely be swapped for another player with an onerous contract who still provides value on the field.

Who are those players?

Carlos Zambrano from the Cubs springs to mind. Other than that... well, the rest have warts, such as Vernon Wells of the Jays and his heavily backloaded deal... Carlos Lee and his inability to play defense... Alfonso Soriano could return to his former club but where would he play?

There isn't much room here for a high-salary swap to be had. Zambrano seems to be the best bet, and the Cubs could move Aramis Ramirez to first base.

This is one trade that doesn't seem to have any shot of happening although Texas certainly wouldn't mind if it did to clear up cash for Cliff Lee.

UPDATE: Nolan Ryan did not deny the availability of Young, as Danny Knobler reports. Ryan also doesn't intend Young to shift to first base as the president loves Mitch Moreland.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 19, 2010 10:21 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2010 1:52 am

Teixeira done for season

Mark Teixeira Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira left Game 4 of the ALCS with what appeared to be a right hamstring injury.

With two on and no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Teixeira hit a ball to Michael Young at third base. Young touched the bag and threw wide to first, where Teixeira was falling into first base safely.

However, about 10 feet before the bag, Teixeira grabbed his right hamstring and his momentum took him through the bag. He left the game quickly, with no discussion of staying in, as he was in obvious pain.

Marcus Thames pinch-ran for Teixeira and it appears Nick Swisher will move to first base for the Yankees. Backup first baseman Lance Berkman is serving as the team's designated hitter, but if he were used to replace Teixeira at first, the team would lose its DH spot.

UPDATE: Swisher is indeed at first and Thames is staying in the game in right.

UPDATE: The Yankees announced that Teixeira will undergo an MRI at New York Presbyterian Hospital to determine the severity of the injury. The team is calling it a strained right hamstring.

UPDATE: The Yankees have announced Teixeira has a Grade 2 hamstring strain and is out for the rest of the postseason. He will need six-to-eight weeks to recover, which means his season is over.

The Yankees will replace Teixeira with rookie Eduardo Nunez on the postseason roster, meaning Teixeira will be ineligible for the World Series roster. Nunez played in 30 games this season, hitting .280/.321/.360 with a homer in 50 at-bats. He's played second base, third base and shortstop.

UPDATE: From Girardi's postgame press conference : "You know, Tex talked about he felt something pop in his hamstring. Barring some miracle, you know, he won't be with us tomorrow and playing. You know, we are planning on bringing up Núñez, so that would mean he would be out the next round, as well. But it doesn't look good."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 5, 2010 7:06 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 7:35 pm

Strange call ends Texas comeback

Michael Young For as much crap as umpires get, it's only appropriate to point out when they get it right.

The ending in Minnesota may have been strange, but third base umpire Alfonso Marquez got the call right, as the Rangers' Michael Young was called out after making contact with third base coach Dave Anderson.

Marquez pointed at Anderson and made the interference call, ending the game. The contact was unintentional and almost inconsequential, but by the rule book, Young was to be ruled out, and Marquez saw the play correctly and called the play correctly.

Texas entered the ninth down 6-2, had scored two runs and had bases loaded for Vladimir Guerrero. Guerroro grounded the ball up the middle and second baseman Orlando Hudson fielded it. When Hudson got the ball, Young threw on the brakes and it appeared his right hand made contact with Anderson's right hand.

Ron Washington argued the call, but to no avail.

UPDATE: Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Tribune has reaction from the Rangers' clubhouse. Unsurprisingly, they didn't agree with the call.

First, here's what crew chief Tim Tschida said: "The ruling on the play is that a base coach either touching, physically assisting in any way, with the baserunner is not allowed and the runner is called out," said Tschida, who said that the Rangers argued that any contact was accidental. "If it's touching him, they can't make contact. In 30 years of doing this, it's the second time I've ever seen it.''

From Washington:

"[He said] that David reached out and touched him. All you have to do is go look at the replay. It never happened. He [Marquez] said [Anderson] tried to stop him."

"The thing is this: Too many calls are being made that are costing ballgames in 2010. You certainly shouldn't have a game end on something like that, especially when you're out there for the hours you're out there and played as hard as we played to get back in the ballgame and have that happen.

"When you look at the replay, it's obvious that he never touched him. Maybe he [Marquez] had a plane to catch."

From Young:

"Bad call. It was a bad call by a good umpire. It's a shame the game had to end like that. We would all have loved to see Cruzie have a shot at it with the bases loaded. It's an absolute shame the game had to like that."

"I didn't touch Dave. I don't think I was anywhere even close to Dave. He said I touched Dave. I disagreed about as ... I couldn't disagree more. He kept saying that's what he had, that's what he saw."

From Anderson:


"I don't think I touched him. I think Michael and I would have felt something if we had touched each other. I haven't looked at a replay, but I didn't feel anything and I don't think Michael felt anything. The disappointing part is that Michael would have been safe getting back to third base if we'd had the opportunity."

"I was telling him to stop (holding his left hand over his head and pointing to third with his right). It was a stop from the get-go."

"You can not touch him. You can't touch him. At some point in baseball, you see that play happen a few times. It's the first time I've been involved in it. I understand the rules in that aspect. You can't even touch him, let alone grab him or hold him up."


Honestly, I've seen the replay many times now -- and I think he touched him. But I can see where others could point to a place and say it's inconclusive.

It's one of those cases that even if there were replay in baseball, I'm not sure this one would be overturned. It would be one of those NFL calls where they say there isn't
"incontrovertible visual evidence" to overturn a call.

No matter if you think the umpire is right or wrong here, I'm not sure you can say video would resolve the matter. Rangers fans will likely say there was no contact and Twins fans will say the opposite. In the end, the call on the field stands.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 15, 2010 9:59 am
Edited on: July 15, 2010 11:17 am

Thumb kept A-Rod on All-Star bench

Alex Rodriguez Trailing 3-1, your slowest player leads off the ninth with a single.

You pinch run for him, right? It's a no-brainer for even a rec league softball manager. So what was Alex Rodriguez, the last man on the bench for the American League in Tuesday's All-Star Game, doing riding the pine as David Ortiz, who moves with all the grace of a box turtle, got himself thrown out on the basepaths? Or while Adrian Beltre, suffering from a hamstring injury, hit? Or while John Buck, a lifetime .239 batter, hit with home-field advantage in the World Series on the line?

Turns out, as first reported by SI.com, that Rodriguez had a "slightly sore" right thumb and wasn't going to be put into the game except in an emergency.

"We weren't going to push it," a team source said. "Four days off for our big guy."

Which begs several questions.

Why was Rodriguez even there? He wasn't selected by the fans or the players, he was hand-picked by Girardi, the one man who should have known if Rodriguez needed the break.

And if he knew Rodriguez was unavailable, why did Girardi burn through all 11 of his other reserve offensive players instead of saving someone to pinch hit or pinch run late?

Even if the thumb thing cropped up late or the benching was an order from the Yankees, why didn't Girardi replace him on the roster? Rodriguez still would have gotten credit for an All-Star selection.

"Michael Young should have been here then," one player told SI, referring to the Rangers' third baseman.

"It's a Yankee thing," said another, shaking his head and laughing.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: July 8, 2010 9:58 am
Edited on: July 8, 2010 10:03 am

Final Vote coming down to final hours

Kevin Youkilis Oh, the suspense!

In another Yankee-Red Sox battle we're being hit over the head with, Nick Swisher holds "the slimmest of leads" over Kevin Youkilis in the American League Final Vote for the All-Star Game, despite nobody making a convincing case for Swisher other than his uniform, based on the latest results released by MLB.com.

In what can only be a desperate attempt by Major League Baseball's website to generate page views (since all voting takes place on the site), MLB.com has seen fit to release a breathless update to the (unlimited) voting that ends today at 4 p.m.

The winner of the final spots will be announced on MLB Network (yay synergy!) at 6 p.m.

Joey Votto still leads the National League voting (funny what leading the league in homers and OPS will do for you), but, the site warns -- without giving any numbers -- Carlos Gonzalez has passed Billy Wagner for third place in the voting. Ryan Zimmerman is still in second. Heath Bell was removed from the ballot when he was placed on the team as a replacement for Yovani Gallardo.

In the American League, it's all Yankees-Red Sox all the time. The release says it's a "virtual tie" between Youkilis (.292/.409/.574 with 17 home runs, 55 RBI) and Swisher (.298/.376/.518 14 HR, 48 RBI, one appearance on "How I Met Your Mother " --  CBS can play the synergy game too!), but not a real tie, because that would mean they're tied, as opposed to a "virtual tie" which goes back to the ol' tie goes to the Yankee rule.

Paul Konerko is in third place in the AL voting, followed by Michael Young and Delmon Young.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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