Michael Young Requests Trade

TUESDAY, 12:10am: Young feels a breach of trust occurred with the Rangers in part because they told him they were not trying to trade him when they actually were, tweets ESPN's Jayson StarkStark adds that Young would be willing to consider expanding his eight-team list on a "case-to-case basis."

MONDAY, 10:34pm: MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan has the list of eight teams Young is willing to accept a trade to: Cardinals, Yankees, Twins, Astros, Rockies, Dodgers, Angels, and Padres. The team has said they are dealing with just those eight teams right now.

9:45pm: Grant passes along some strong words from Young…

"I've kept a low profile out of respect for the team, the coaching staff, my family and the fans because I didn't want to put anybody on an unnecessary roller-coaster. Now, I think it's important to address the inaccurate portrayal that is being painted. The suggestion that I've simply had a change of heart and asked for a trade is a manipulation of the truth."

"I want to be traded because I've been misled and manipulated and I'm sick of it."

Young wouldn't elaborate when asked how he was "misled and manipulated," instead saying it "would be unproductive for everybody, particularly my teammates and coaches. I know the truth and Jon Daniels knows the truth and I will sleep well."

9:16pm: Jeff Wilson of The Star Telegram hears that the Rangers would be willing to trade Young within the AL West as long as it helps improve the team. He reminds us that Texas traded high-end prospects to a division rival for Cliff Lee just last summer.

5:06pm: Michael Young has officially requested a trade according to Rangers GM Jon Daniels, reports Anthony Andro of The Star Telegram (Twitter links). The request came about a week ago, though Daniels said "nothing's imminent" according to SI.com's Jon Heyman (on Twitter).

"It's not our first choice," said Daniels. "We'd like to go to camp with him … If we can accomodate his request and upgrade the club he would like to do that."

Those quotes come courtesy of Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News and Troy Renck of the Denver Post (Twitter links). Team president Nolan Ryan said they're "going to do what’s in the best interest of the ballclub" according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Ryan would not speculate about whether the team would eat some of Young's salary, and he said he expects "proper compensation" for his third baseman according to Andro and Renck (Twitter links).

This is not the first time Young has requested a trade from the Rangers. He did so before the 2009 season, after the club asked him to play third base in deference to Elvis Andrus. Obviously nothing came of that, but Young still had a clearly defined role with the team back then. Now he's expected to be a part-time infielder and part-time DH with Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli on board.

Young, 34, has been mentioned in trade talk all winter, most notably with the Rockies. He was said to have "grown disillusioned about his diminished role" over the weekend, and we heard that Colorado would need Texas to eat about $20MM of the $48MM left on Young's salary to make a deal happen.

Young has a limited no-trade clause that allows him to block deals to all but eight teams, however Colorado is one of the eight. Ryan says that Young will not expand the list of teams he's willing to go to even though some of the clubs on the no-trade list have expressed interest in acquiring him according to Renck and Andro (all Twitter links). Daniels would not specify which teams have inquired about Young.

If Texas was willing to trade within the division, they might find suitors in the Angels and Athletics, though that is speculation on my part. Both clubs whiffed on Beltre and are known to be seeking upgrades at the hot corner. Colorado would use Young at second base full-time.


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307 Comments on "Michael Young Requests Trade"


Guest
4 years 6 months ago

This isn’t the first time right? Didn’t he do it last year or the year prior?

woadude
4 years 6 months ago

Yeah but this time he truly doesn’t have a position to play.

iains
4 years 6 months ago

Well, considering he’s been pushed into utility man and shopped around, I think he has a legitimate beef.

kevmill21
4 years 6 months ago

that’s what happens when teams get better. he was a stabilizing force for a long time on brutal baseball teams. but its not as if he hasn’t been getting displaced by far superior players, especially at SS and 3rd.

4 years 6 months ago

i bet the rangers will be back in the gutter soon. its the athletics turn to shine

*trollface*

Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 6 months ago

Are they only trading him because of his defense? That’s really sad. He just became their all time leader in hits.

vtadave
4 years 6 months ago

No one making $16 million a year should have a “beef” about anything.

Derek Florko
4 years 6 months ago

Im torn, does he represent a upgrade over kouz? if money isnt a factor

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

not defensively

4 years 6 months ago

Michael Young had a -5.4 in FLD last year according to fangraph. The last time he was remotely close to positive was 2006.

Kevin Kouzmanoff had a 16.1 in FLD last year; I don’t think he will put up that number again but I don’t think he’ll be at -5.4 either ;x

Derek Florko
4 years 6 months ago

Im torn, does he represent a upgrade over kouz? if money isnt a factor

Redhawk
4 years 6 months ago

offensively yes…defensively no. I was hoping kouz would be in Colorado. He can hit lefties..but not righties…and Stewart..the opposite. They would be great platoon partners.

Angelsfan1066
4 years 6 months ago

Come on angels we could use young

4 years 6 months ago

him and vernon wells are like BFFs or something.

VegasANGELSFan
4 years 6 months ago

Yea, I read that as well. The Angels would be better with Young manning 3rd, but they would need some salary relief for sure. Of course, I thought the same thing when they traded for Wells, so wtf do I know.

roberty
4 years 6 months ago

Young and Wells met at the worst contract in baseball awards. They really bonded after losing to Carlos Lee.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

how did Arod not win?

vtadave
4 years 6 months ago

He split dating/dated movie stars vote with Zito.

I am Urban Legend
4 years 6 months ago

Shinjo won that award…he got at Milano before either one of them cats…

Whowonthe2009WorldSeries
4 years 6 months ago

He probably should but, at least people might want A Rod to play baseball (personality and other things aside) he is simply much more valuable on a baseball field now than either of those guys have ever been with the exception of 1 year each (according to fangraphs WAR)

roberty
4 years 6 months ago

People will pay good money to see Arod play. Carlos Lee not so much.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

I think they were sitting with Mike Hampton

4 years 6 months ago

as good of a player young is the last thing the angels need to do is take on another big contract. unless the rangers can eat up a gigantic portion of that contract the angels have no business trading for young. they already took on kazmir’s and well’s contracts and are gonna have an enormous payroll as it is

Jonathan Stone
4 years 6 months ago

Why not a Kazmir for Young+$15M exchange? The Rangers need pitching and need to unload Young’s giant contract; the Angels need to a 3B and can unload Kazmir’s final year+buyout. Netting out Young’s deal for a mid $20M makes him affordable despite his advanced age.

MaineSox
4 years 6 months ago

Kazmir in Arlington might give up more runs than that offense can drive in in a whole season.

4 years 6 months ago

That offense for the defending AL champs? Are you seriously making fun of the Rangers? Give me a break, nice playoff run last year chump. See ya opening day.

MaineSox
4 years 6 months ago

Seriously dude? I was talking about how bad Kazmir would be in Arlington saying that in that ballpark he would give up more runs than even that offense could drive in. It was really a compliment to the Rangers.

I know there is a certain contingent of Rangers fans out there who are all proud because their team finally did something meaningful but try thinking a little before you start trashing other franchises and calling people chumps, okay?

Sd_brain
4 years 6 months ago

can’t blame him.

cayanksfan
4 years 6 months ago

Would Texas trade within the division?

4 years 6 months ago

The Jays would act as an unofficial ‘intermediary’ ;3

Bombastic_Dave
4 years 6 months ago

And we’d clean up in the process…

4 years 6 months ago

It wouldn’t surprise me if the Jays are on Young’s no-trade list. Does anyone know which teams besides Colorado are not?

woadude
4 years 6 months ago

The Pirates and Royals.

I am Urban Legend
4 years 6 months ago

The Mets lol

4 years 6 months ago

I feel for him.. maybe AA could work his magic and have the Blue JAys pick him up somehow, without paying too much or any of his salary (wishful thinking!! )

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

Don’t want him!

4 years 6 months ago

my only reason for that is it would allow Bautista to play his natural position in RF, where he’s best at. Other than that, I wouldn’t want him.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

If we really want that then we could move EE to 3B. He’s as good a fielder as Young.

Bombastic_Dave
4 years 6 months ago

No. E5 (I suppose E3 now) is there to support Lind at first. That shouldn’t change.

But if we could get him cheap, without carrying much of his long-term cost, without trading any of our valued prospects (maybe a relief pitcher or two — we’ve got plenty), it would be cool to see Young back in Toronto.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

to be totally honest, I’d rather keep the relief pitcher

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

The Angels screwed up by not letting Brandon Wood play SS.. he hits .190 with 25 HR but plays average to above average defense. Is that not a quality player?

VegasANGELSFan
4 years 6 months ago

Wood is a good defensive player, but not as good as Aybar at SS. Aybar is a vg defensive SS. Plus, Wood would likely hit just as poorly at SS as 3rd, and he hasn’t hit anywhere near 25 HRs with his .190 avg in the bigs. The Angels keep giving him a shot because he absolutely crushed AAA for many years. So far, making him the definition of a AAAA player.

4 years 6 months ago

should of shipped him to the us in TO in the wells trade, we have a knack for turning around bad hitters *see bautista*

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

wow thats the same thing.. Michael Young isn’t a bad hitter, he was a good hitter, now he’s old.. there is a difference

Tbell16
4 years 6 months ago

Mark Trumbo, Tyler Chatwood, and money for Michael Young to the Angels

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

When I guy openly states “I want out” and hes old and overpayed there usually isn’t very much coming back in the term of prospects.

Wait.. scratch that.

bjsguess
4 years 6 months ago

Chatwood? You have to be crazy unless the “money” covers about 90% of his contract.

Is Young that much of an upgrade over Izturis / Callapso? Enough to justify extra money + a top shelf prospect?

VegasANGELSFan
4 years 6 months ago

He’s def an offensive upgrade, not a defensive one though. There is no way any team sends money to Texas in a Young trade. Texas could get a decent prospect if they pick up much of Young’s salary, but there is NO way that anyone sends money to Texas on top of picking up Young’s contract. He is a good player, but def overpaid.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

I was being sarcastic.

bjsguess
4 years 6 months ago

My reply wasn’t meant for you – sorry. It was to the original post.

Nothing of value should be going back to Texas UNLESS they eat a tremendous amount of what is left. Right now the price is at $20m or so just to dump him. If the Rangers want a top flight prospect then they would need to kick in another $5m or so to cover the cost of the young talent.

4 years 6 months ago

I don’t think Young is an upgrade at all… just more expensive.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

I hope you’re a Rangers fan. Don’t expect any major prospects to change hands.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

I think his handle might be Trevor Bell.

Tbell16
4 years 6 months ago

No i’m an Angel fan and I no he is overpaid but he still has 3 good years in him and his contract ends in 2013.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

Point is, there’s no need to give up someone like Chatwood for Young. You could literally dig out an old’ Fat Head of Tim Salmon and a “Touched By an Angel” box set and get Young if you don’t mind pulling a “Wells”.

Whowonthe2009WorldSeries
4 years 6 months ago

Don’t worry, he is. The entire state of Texas is finally figuring out what baseball is especially this crazy thing called a “farm system”. The feel like they are entitled to all the best players. They made it to a World Series, so aren’t they?!

4 years 6 months ago

A farm system? You mean that thing that the Rangers have which for the last few years had been ranked #1 in the game until this year? No, you’re right. Texas has no idea what a farm system is.

And a Yankees fan talking about the importance of a farm system? Really?

Whowonthe2009WorldSeries
4 years 6 months ago

Yankees are ranked #6 right now, but good try. Pretty impressive given the # of draft picks given up for type A FA’s over the last decade. Hughes/Joba/Gardner/Cano/Jeter/Pettitte/Rivera/Posada/Williams all important guys, any Yankee fan who denies the importance of a farm system is an idiot don’t lump us all together and say we don’t recognize the importance. Lulz @ this 2010 Rangers Fan

4 years 6 months ago

Of course their farm system is ranked high, all their guys in AAA are 28 because the Yankees load their big league roster through free agency. Getting drafted by the Yankees would probably be the worst possible thing that could ever happen to a young ballplayer. You’re guaranteed a decade in the minors if you show any promise, because they don’t want to risk trading a future all star, your only hope would be to play possum until they release you or trade you.

Whowonthe2009WorldSeries
4 years 6 months ago

Guess you can’t read too well but I guess that makes sense if your a Texas fan. All the guys I mentioned were homegrown, not to mention the Yankees have the number 3 (Montero) prospect who is 21 and the number 13 (Banuelos) who is 20 and Betances who is also a top 50 guy going to be 23 this year. It is easy to make blanket statements like that when you don’t know what you are talking about, like you clearly don’t.

cookmeister
4 years 6 months ago

are you crazy?

Commander_Nate
4 years 6 months ago

Hang up the phone, Reagins (yeah, I know what you’re thinking).

tsblair
4 years 6 months ago

Polanco and Blanton for Young. The Phils could use a 3B

kevmill21
4 years 6 months ago

how many days would it be before polanco requests a trade? if we had a spot for placido, wed have one for young

redsox4120
4 years 6 months ago

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

In the phillies case, it ain’t broke.

4 years 6 months ago

Cubs should throw the farm at him

4 years 6 months ago

Put him at second base, would be badass. Hendry keeps his prospects close to his chest though and they’d have to find a way to dump salary.

4 years 6 months ago

didnt he just trade away like 3 of his top 5 prospects for an averageish startign pitcher?

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

Matt Garza average? Far from it and he succeeded in the AL East and is a lock to improve in the NL

BillB325
4 years 6 months ago

I get your probably kidding on the throw the farm thing but, if they could get rid of Fukudome and make a deal involving Wells, Caridad and Dolis for Young and about 5-6 million in Salary relief for this year.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Totally agree with your trade proposal. Then we could see what Colvin can do for a full season, which could help the Cubs come FA next year to know what they’ve got in Colvin in RF.

jb226
4 years 6 months ago

You’re giving up some pretty good pieces there for Michael Young on a trade where the other team doesn’t have a ton of leverage. Wells isn’t flashy and he had a pretty mediocre year, but Fangraphs still has his value pegged at $13MM. Compared to his salary, that’s big. Caridad… well, after seeing how terrible he did in the majors I don’t personally have a ton of hope for him, but Dolis has the potential to be a pretty good bullpen arm.

I don’t see any reason for the Cubs to be taking on that kind of salary right now, especially in the form of multi-year commitments, much less giving up decent talent to do it. Let DeWitt play and see if he can live up to his potential if he’s actually given a season’s worth of ABs. Let Colvin play the majority out in RF and see what you really have with him. Find out where the team actually stands going into an offseason where they’ll have some roster space and money to spend and you can turn toward fixing your problems. The dream of seriously competing for the Central this year ended when the Brewers decided to scoop up every pitcher they could trade for. We’re just not leapfrogging three teams in one season, so don’t take money on trying to do it.

The only way I even consider trading for him AT ALL (and in all likelihood not with that package and with lots more cash coming Chicago’s way) is if the organization felt he could replace Ramirez at third after 2011, and I would certainly hesitate on that score. I don’t think he does, on either side of the ball. But at the same time, the market is looking like it’s going to be pretty weak and Ramirez is looking like he’s on his way out of town.

If some form of Dolis-plus for Chris Davis is available, I’d much rather see the Cubs try for that. Less money, more upside.

matthew07
4 years 6 months ago

I agree. Or, at the very least, see if the Rangers would take big Z for Young. I’d LOVE to see Young playing in Wrigley. He’s a gamer.

4 years 6 months ago

yeah considering the pitching surplus we have that could work out. The problem is the Rangers want more than pitching. I think I heard they want to improve their hitting in some way. Trading Z and Fukudome and another prospect for Young doesnt seem enough.

4 years 6 months ago

I think that the only reason they don’t really want to trade him is because they know that they aren’t going to get a lot back in return.

4 years 6 months ago

I could see the twins as a logical fit since I don’t trust cassila that much at short. And young is a pretty good infielder, but that there is just no room for his contract on the twins payroll

TartanElk
4 years 6 months ago

Tigers?

I’ll add to this. He’d be a huge downgrade defensively over Inge, but he would like be a significant offensive upgrade across all the big “important” stats. He could also play SS. He’d be an improvement over Peralta defensively and offensively.

inleylandwetrust
4 years 6 months ago

Deffinitly not defensively. Peralta’s UZR at short over the last 3 seasons is 1.2. Young hasn’t played shortstop since ’08 when his UZR was -4.6 and -10.8 the year before. At his age, there is no chance he suddenly becomes a better fielder than he was in his younger days. I’l pass on paying Young 16 mil for the next 3 seasons.

TartanElk
4 years 6 months ago

Fair enough. I don’t usually go into research on first statements like I did. It’s usually just a top of the head guess, and if an argument occurs, then I go back and do my work.

So I’m more than willing to admit I’m wrong. I just really want Brandon Inge to not be an everyday player.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

I must admit have mixed feelings about UZR and these “modern stats”, but I just looked at Young’s TC (toal chances) from 2008-2010 it is flat out scary bad. So now I think there is something to this stat, but still a bit skeptical. In 2008 he had 669 Total Chances in 151 games, in 2010 he had on 379 Total Chances and I think that this UZR stuff is making some sense.

retirenutting
4 years 6 months ago

Can he still play short?

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

better question is, can he pitch?

phoenix2042
4 years 6 months ago

getting a little old… but um… can he?
— B. Cashman

Hardball52
4 years 6 months ago

Sooo…

Move to SS: Volunteered, no complaint. But SS is a more prestigious position that he had played in the past… so how is that a sacrifice?
Move to 3B after fielding SS very poorly: Initially refused and requested to be traded. A month later when the Rangers have been unable to move his contract and word leaks to the public, he recants and then from that point forward does move very professionally, but still.. remarkable leadership there? Where?
Move to DH after fielding 3b very poorly: Initially says he will do it and he wants to be a Ranger, but then a month later under the radar asks to be traded because hes worried about his next contract.

So uh.. yeah. I’ll always like MY, despite some criticisms he performed well for the Rangers for a decade and it was phenomenally satisfying to see him make the postseason and appear in a world series. But I don’t see anything about the above moves that is some heroic gesture. If he wants to be traded, so be it but its not the Rangers duty to pander to him by keeping him at a defensive position he can’t field to sooth his ego.

If the Rangers can move him, I wish him luck. I would hate to see him being bashed by some other fans if he performs poorly. Colorado would be a nice landing spot.. out of the AL, in a park that will help his numbers (which of course is only relevant cosmetically, but thats what most fans stop at).. hope that can get done.

jb226
4 years 6 months ago

“Move to DH after fielding 3b very poorly: Initially says he will do it and he wants to be a Ranger, but then a month later under the radar asks to be traded because hes worried about his next contract.”

You’re performing quite a bit of spin there. I see your comment was posted before his quotes, so go take a look at them and see if you still think this is about Young’s concern for a future contract.

I never saw a word of complaint from Young about the plan to move him to DH/utility infielder. What I saw was a repeated yo-yo between “Michael Young is staying he’s oh-so-important to us!” and “Rangers exploring Young trades.” One team official talking about how you’re staying while the other is trying to send you packing is enough to get anybody steaming. Baseball may be a business, but the players are people with families and with futures and with their own set of concerns. He wants to know where he’s playing this year. And from the sound of those quotes, he feels they’re screwing him around and feeding him platitudes instead of answers.

Yeah, I don’t blame him for wanting out of that situation.

Gurvir Nijjar
4 years 6 months ago

lets go blue jays time to grab the third basemen

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

And block Lawrie?

Bombastic_Dave
4 years 6 months ago

Lawrie will probably be an OF, anyway.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

doubt Lawrie will be worse than Young at 3B.

Whowonthe2009WorldSeries
4 years 6 months ago

Can ANYONE be worse than Young at 3B?

/(waits for A Rod comments)

4 years 6 months ago

*thinks for 2 secs*
edwin encarn….
it is almost like hes trying to throw the ball into the crowd as a souvenir

rzepczynski
4 years 6 months ago

EdwincEncarnacion

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

Edwin Encarnacion aka E6, is insulted that you would question his body of work.

Bombastic_Dave
4 years 6 months ago

Edwin plays third. And is thus called E5.

vtadave
4 years 6 months ago

I can’t imagine what he’d be called if he played shortstop. Perhaps a nickname that rhymes with Eric Meter.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

i don’t imagine he’ll be that worse. His range and hands are fine, its his terrible aim that’s the problem. I think 2B or even SS might be a better fit for EE

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

oops.

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

He’s been treated awful there the past few months. They’ve told him he’s staying, then they’re talking about moving him behind his back. Come on… he’s their most loyal player and has done EVERYTHING they have asked him to do. I’m glad he requested a trade. Texas doesn’t deserve Young anymore.

kevmill21
4 years 6 months ago

you have a 16m player, getting older and worth less everyday. you have him penciled in as a super-sub and part time DH. Economically, he’s not quite a fit at that role on a team that doesn’t have unlimited financial resources. If he’s going to be sour about hearing his name floated around, that’s his bag. he can see he doesn’t fit there. now to boot, he doesn’t want to do it. oh well.

dc21892
4 years 6 months ago

I understandhe doesn’t fit there. That’s not the point. The situation with Beltre taking over 3rd and Young being a supersub should have been dicussed and dealt with right when the Beltre deal was done. It’s a very poorly handled situation.

kevmill21
4 years 6 months ago

the rangers were willing to go into the season with young as a DH, and backup infielder. At the time of the beltre signing, young was fine with that role. now he’s not. ok.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

In his defense (no pun) Young didn’t say anything public until after rumors circulated that the Rox were still in talks with Texas about a trade. That was after they acquired Napoli and were still saying Young was “their guy”.

I blame Texas simply because they couldn’t been much more proactive in trading Young or a lot more discreet.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

“he’s their most loyal player and has done EVERYTHING they have asked him to do”.

Ron Washington “You mean I had him out there taking grounders and working on his defense and all I had to do was to ask him to not suck? Damn (sniff,sniff)”.

Too soon?