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"


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Guest
4 years 4 months ago

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

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woadude
4 years 4 months ago

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

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iains
4 years 4 months ago

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

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kevmill21
4 years 4 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.

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4 years 4 months ago

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

*trollface*

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Smrtbusnisman04
4 years 4 months ago

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

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vtadave
4 years 4 months ago

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

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Derek Florko
4 years 4 months ago

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

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FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 4 months ago

not defensively

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4 years 4 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

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Derek Florko
4 years 4 months ago

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

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Redhawk
4 years 4 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.

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Angelsfan1066
4 years 4 months ago

Come on angels we could use young

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4 years 4 months ago

him and vernon wells are like BFFs or something.

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VegasANGELSFan
4 years 4 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.

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roberty
4 years 4 months ago

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

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FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 4 months ago

how did Arod not win?

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vtadave
4 years 4 months ago

He split dating/dated movie stars vote with Zito.

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I am Urban Legend
4 years 4 months ago

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

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Whowonthe2009WorldSeries
4 years 4 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)

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roberty
4 years 4 months ago

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

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The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 4 months ago

I think they were sitting with Mike Hampton

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4 years 4 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

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Jonathan Stone
4 years 4 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.

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MaineSox
4 years 4 months ago

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

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4 years 4 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.

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MaineSox
4 years 4 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?