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Monday, January 12, 2009
Team playerThe Rangers asked Michael Young to move to third to make room for prospect Elvis Andrus. Since Young is a team leader, a team player, and a gamer, he gladly obliged, and vowed to move his locker next to Andrus' so that he could mentor the lad as he makes his way through his first season in the bigs.
Just kidding, he flipped out and demanded a trade:
The Texas Rangers are exploring trade options for five-time All-Star shortstop Michael Young at the player's request after he became upset about the team's plan to move him to third base . . .
Guess that's not the case anymore. Hmmm . . . I thought the reason the Rangers hired Nolan Ryan was so he could beat the snot out of players who misbehave like this.
Anyway, my guess is that Young's change of heart is based on the Gold Glove he was inexplicably awarded last season and that he now believes his own press clippings. That's meaningless of course -- the GG voters once gave one to a DH -- but if Young believes that such hardware makes him too valuable to move, maybe some GM out there believes it makes him valuable too and will thus be willing to take Young and his obscene contract off Jon Daniels' hands.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 6:00am
Jason @ IIATMS said...
Not for nothing, but don’t forget Young agreed to move from 2B to SS once ARod was traded for Soriano.
Not to mention, no matter how we regard his Gold Glove award, he’s being asked to move for an unproven AA player.
Posted 01/12 at 09:24 AM
I smell a Red Sox-Rangers deal in the air with Jed Lowrie, Clay Bucholz, Ryan Kalish and a few others heading Texas for Young and Saltamacchia to the Sox.
Posted 01/12 at 09:55 AM
The Common Man said...
I don’t think the Sox want to move Lowrie for someone who isn’t demonstrably better, given his low salary and promising performance last year. And Lowrie won’t have as much value to the Rangers if they’re committed to trying Andrus at SS this year.
It’s getting kind of late in the offseason to demand a trade, isn’t it? Thanks for the warning, Michael. Then again, they could install Davis at 3B and play Salty at 1B, and then use both Teagarden and Ramirez. Logjam solved.
Posted 01/12 at 11:04 AM
Good point on Lowrie and I suspect he only gets thrown into a deal that would bring Boston an All-Star caliber player on the left side of their career curve. Given that Young’s contract is not favorable the Sox could offer to take on the whole contract (most teams will probably demand 30-50% paid for by Rangers) and reduce the level of talent being sent - so Bucholz and Kalish plus a couple of A guys may be enough. This allows the Sox to give Lowrie time to develop more as the top infield utility player and filling in for Young at short and Lowell at third.
Of course this is all a moot point if the rumors of a trade for Montero turn out to be true and a deal is struck. Then the Sox are basically done for the off-season, may make a ST trade to unload Lugo and wait to see what holes need to be filled with a June or July trade.
Posted 01/12 at 12:09 PM
I saw this float over the transom last night and my first reaction was that Daniels has completely lost it.
So, take in all of the above, swirl it around and then spit.
1) Daniels’ idea of improving the team is to take a proven, reliable and productive Gold-Glove winning All Star from SS, where he’s thrilled to be, and move him, at the age of 32, to a new position. A position that does, by the by, have a strong inference of, ‘Range’ involved.
Ok…so everyone keeps yelling that The Rangers problem is pitching?
Posted 01/12 at 03:17 PM