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Rangers report: Inside pitch

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The saga of Michael Young and the Rangers is entering the next phase: spring training.

Young, who requested a trade in early February and later said Rangers management had "misled and manipulated" him during the winter, was scheduled to report to camp on Saturday. The Rangers had not come close on any trade since the request was made public.

While Young was expected to report, he has not publicly rescinded his trade demand, and general manager Jon Daniels said the club would not rule out the possibility of trying to grant the request -- he planned to continue talking to teams throughout the spring.

"We'll take it a day at a time," Daniels said. "I don't want to set a deadline or anything like that. Once he's here, we'll look forward to the business of baseball and preparing the team with Michael on it. If something happens, we'll address it. Nothing has changed."

Young has a no-trade clause that enables the Rangers to deal him without his consent to only eight teams: Colorado, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, San Diego, St. Louis, Houston and Minnesota. Young has not consented to waive the no-trade protection, though Rangers officials have indicated that clubs off the list have contacted them.

Rangers players said they were looking forward to Young reporting and did not expect the ongoing saga to be a distraction.

"It's going to work itself out," said second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "He'll be here when he needs to be here. We'll handle it appropriately and move on. It's something we have to deal with. Right now he is a Texas Ranger. Everyone wants him. Hopefully that's the way it ends."

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