9:41pm: More from Sullivan – he has quotes from Jon Daniels on Young tonight:
"We’re not looking to trade him and have no plans to. We plan on him being a big part of our ballclub going forward."
5:22pm: Another interesting update from T.R. Sullivan at MLB.com regarding the Michael Young situation.
The article focuses on Elvis Andrus‘ official invitation to Spring Training. Sullivan makes a point to clarify that the starting shortstop job is not Andrus’. Sullivan writes:
"It is also not guaranteed that Andrus will be the Opening Day shortstop. The Rangers still have Joaquin Arias as an alternative."
Wouldn’t Young, not Arias, be the next alternative? Just further affirmation of how serious the Rangers are about moving Young over to third.
2:20pm: T.R. Sullivan has new quotes from Jon Daniels. Daniels says he’s still preparing as if Young will play third base for the 2009 Rangers. Sullivan says no trade is imminent.
MONDAY, 8:35am: More on the topic of Young asking for a trade. Young is upset that he wasn’t given a choice about the position switch, saying, "My hand’s been forced with this one." He says he’s "adamant" about not playing third base. Young has given the Rangers a list of teams to which he’ll accept a trade, according to the Dallas Morning News. He’d consider a move back to second base for a new team. Young is owed $62MM over the next five seasons.
SUNDAY, 9:25pm: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that Rangers shortstop Michael Young asked for a trade back in December when club officials requested that he play third base in the upcoming season.
According to Rosenthal, Young was "absolutely livid" that the Rangers would request such a move just months after he was awarded his first Gold Glove (the award was not supported by his advanced statistics). The team was hoping to clear a spot for top prospect Elvis Andrus, but now they’ve got a real problem on their hands.
GM Jon Daniels is expected to explore trade opportunities, but a deal seems unlikely at this point. White Sox GM Ken Williams has already said that he "would not waste time" discussing the possibility. The asking price would be far too high for most clubs. Other teams that have popped up in rumors this winter: the Twins, Mets, Angels, Dodgers, and Royals.