Michael Young OK With Moving Again. But Where?

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Your Texas Rangers whiffed on Cliff Lee and Zack Greinke, instead settling for Brandon Webb and Arthur Rhodes.

I don't mind the signing of Webb because he's another low-risk, high-reward guy. He only costs $3 million, and what if he - 18 months after a reconstructive shoulder surgery - returns anywhere near the form that won him the National League Cy Young in 2006?

The Rangers aren't counting on him. Not even penciling him into the starting rotation. Sometimes these gambles work out. Mostly - see Jason Jennings and Rich Harden - they don't.

As for the 41-year-old Rhodes, apparently the Rangers are trying the unique strategy of stocking their bullpen with ancient lefties. Along with 40-something Darren Oliver, I hear they're close to signing Vida Blue, Jon Matlack and Mickey Lolich.

To distract us from the fact that they'll enter 2011 without an authentic pitching ace, the Rangers are apparently about to sign free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. He has spurned offers from the Oakland A's and Anaheim Angels, has some pop in his bat and ... wait, don't we already have a third baseman?

I believe he goes by the name of Face O' The Franchise.

To his credit, Michael Young is saying all the right things yet again. (I know, for $16 million a year I'd happily become the Observer's janitor.) He'll switch positions - he went from second to short for Alfonso Soriano and from short to third for Elvis Andrus - to make room for the 31-year-old Beltre, who last year for the Red Sox hit .321 with 28 homers and 102 RBI.

My question is "Where?"

As detailed in this lil' corner of the blogosphere last Fall, Young's range/reactions at third became a liability. (Remember how A-Rod's hot grounder paralyzed Young in Game 1 of the ALCS?) Other than spot duty, he can't possibly play second or short. That makes him either a first baseman or DH.

Mitch Moreland needs/deserves playing time at first, but I can see a platoon there where the 34-year-old Young's dwindling range wouldn't be a factor. The answer is DH. But it comes with questions.

Is .284 with 21 homers and 91 RBI enough production? And, if so, do the Rangers still pursue Vladimir Guerrero?

Another option is trading Young, still owed $48 million over the next three years. If I'm the Rangers I move Young before I deal him.

Coming off the best season in franchise history, missing on Lee and trading away Young would be a public relations nightmare.


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dude in the next cubicle
dude in the next cubicle

on an unrelated side note:

doesnt sam merten look like a homeless mike modano?

Antigone
Antigone

Speaking of Mike Modano… he was also “the face of the franchise” and Nieuwendyk knew it was time to let him go. The Stars could never move past it being “Mikey Mo’s team” until it bid adieu to him and now look at what they are doing. Oh, and Sam, you are much hotter than Modano could ever think about being.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

How's it a whiff when KC wanted Greinke in the NL and not to see their former guy roll in to spring training every year for the opposite team? When they were asking for so much only Jerry Jones would pull the trigger? That's almost as bad as the dumbass whiny Fail promo about the Rangers whiffing on A-Gonz. Dude was traded and the Rangers were never mentioned close to seriously in talks.

Nobody, I repeat, nobody will trade for Young without the Rangers eating a major chunk of his contract. The best they could do is a swap with the Cubs for Zambrano's enormous issues and contract.

Beltre upgrades the defense and provides decent average and some pop. Young can be a solid DH hitting for average and a super utility guy capable of playing any infield position. Beltre for $15 makes more sense than Vlad for $10, the only caveat is Beltre will require 5 years.

Young can get over being moved. He surely must know his fielding is slipping. And all the pitchers look better when the left side of the infield is a brick wall.

Guest
Guest

I could have been the face of the franchise if the Rangers weren't so damn cheap. Hope you guys enjoy that new HD video board! I bet it will be fun watching a non playoff team in high definition.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

Only thing I'll enjoy more than the new HD video board is having a #1 starter who doesn't get his overrated ass lit up like a Chernobyl Christmas tree in both World Series starts.

Guest
Guest

Do I really need to remind you that there would not have even been a World Series for this team if it wasn't for me in the ALDS? It just makes no sense to me what the Rangers are doing. PITCHING WINS!!!!!!!!!

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

After three-straight seasons of starting the All-Star Game, a regular season MVP award and an ALCS MVP award, I'd say the Face O' The Franchise is Josh Hamilton.

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

As a side note, I'm not surprised about Hamilton. Shortly after he was dealt to the Rangers, I wrote: "He has the potential to be the best center fielder in Rangers' history and could even replace Michael Young as the face of the franchise."

Done and done.

http://blogs.dallasobserver.co...

Guest
Guest

How is it a failed bit when I really am Cliff Lee? I have been a fan of the sportatorium since I was traded here...but yes, I will take a cookie if you are handing them out.

Rooster
Rooster

Give it up dude. It wasn't funny to begin with, and now its just tired....

Guest
Guest

way to toot your own horn. do you want a cookie or something?

Rob_Em
Rob_Em

Be careful, guys. If you keep making fun of his Cliff Lee bit, he'll go back to his Sean Salisbury routine, which was far worse.

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Do you want one for your failed bit?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Young was the face of a fledgling last place team in the mid oughts. Now ole Sammy boy is right. The face is Josh and and the body is Elvis, Nelly, Feliz. MY is now just an expensive cog on a good team. He has a place, mostly as clubhouse leader and go to guy as a sounding board. Love you MY and I am glad to hear he wants to do whatever he has to in order to stay here. He knows his place.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

Good point, but Michael is still a long-time fan favorite who is doing the right thing and agreeing to what needs to be done to help improve the team. He's a good soldier.

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Like Rooster said, an aging player on the decline doesn't have much choice. And if he doesn't like it, Young can offer to void the remainder of his contract and go somewhere else. Frankly, I'm sick of patting guys on the back for "agreeing" to switch positions. The Rangers don't need Young's permission to play him somewhere else. As Richie said, gimme a job as a janitor or anything you can come up with for $16 million a year, and I assure you I wouldn't bitch if I switched from mopping floors to cleaning toilets.

Rooster
Rooster

I don't think the old guy whose skills are diminishing has much of a choice. Just sayin...

Tex192
Tex192

No he doesn't "ride the pine" (btw the last time I used that phrase I didn't have hair in my armpits). He would be a 2 hole DH. He would do what he does year in and year out at the dish and Beltre would be the replacement for Vladi's bat. He hits cleanup and protects Josh. The team is better bottom line. When there was talk of trading MY, I was totally out, but now that he's cool with it and we keep him, I'm extremely on board. That's gonna be one hell of a left side of the infield!

Rooster
Rooster

Never get attached to a player. It doesn't matter if he's "cool with it" or not.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Spill it Rooster, I flip by them from 5:35 pm to 5:37 pm and then have to give up..can't handle RW's fake bravado and the hens talking.

Tex192
Tex192

Speaking strictly from a PR view you have to make sure MY is "cool with it". Because like it or not, most of DFW views Michael Young as the Face of the Franchise, and the best soldier a team could have. So if you have an unhappy or traded Michael Young, its gonna turn off a good portion of this fan base. If we were having this conversation in Boston or New York, then, yeah the "just business" approach works...but here? The last thing that needs to happen in this possibly budding baseball fan base is to lose Michael Young physically or emotionally.

Rooster
Rooster

On an unrelated note -

Richie, you should talk Greggo into letting you write the bit on Rhynes he was talking about yesterday.

Rooster
Rooster

Even the face of the franchise eventually gets old....

You can't move him without picking up at least half of what's left on his contract.

If he stays on the team, he rides the pine. I don't think his bat has enough pop to be an everyday DH.

Guest
Guest

It doesn't matter where you move Young or who you sign for that matter. Without me the Rangers won't do shit. Did they forget that pitching is what wins???? Later losers, I am going to go eat a cheese steak...I finally found the best one in Philly!

the truth
the truth

michael young rides the pine. its a baseball team with a chance to win now. not a team for the dumbass metroplex fans who still do the wave & need to be prompted when to cheer.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

RW, Mikey is the new DH if we sign Beltre...and we need a third baseman..Mikey just stands there, can't move a step..Vlad was awesome the first half of last year, and helped to build the lead that won the west for us..but you aren't going to be able to trade MY's contract..people would gladly take him to play 2nd for them, but not with his 16 mil per year deal. I'm very OK with it actually, get a real 3b..move Young to DH and have him ready to play 2nd when Ian sprains his taint again this year.

Also, we didn't have a "Ace" this time last year either, patience is the key..Trust in JD..he's working harder now than he was last year...and he was #doingwork like CJ last year too.

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