The 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 . . .
. . . The Rangers would like to move Young to third to make room for highly touted prospect Elvis Andrus at shortstop. The 20-year-old Andrus came to Texas in July 2007 in the trade that sent Mark Teixeira to Atlanta.
Daniels said he and manager Ron Washington met with the 32-year-old Young last month about the direction of the team and moving to third base.
“Reluctant, reluctant,” Daniels said, describing Young’s reaction. “He explained to us that he’s worked extremely hard to make himself a shortstop. Obviously in 2004, he volunteered to move from second base to shortstop. That kind of shows the team-first character that has been a stable of his personality and really has made himself an outstanding player.”
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.