Can Michael Young and Your Texas Rangers Reconcile This Mess?

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When one party wants out, relationships are difficult to salvage. For now, Michael Young wants a divorce and the Texas Rangers are desperately seeking a lawyer to foster the proceedings.

But what if it can't happen before next weekend and Young reports to Surprise, Arizona for spring training? This could be one of the messiest springs in the history of the organization, with the long-time face of the franchise seething and stewing and wanting out on a daily basis.

Yuck.

But then again, we've been down this road before.

Two years ago the Rangers asked Young to move from shortstop - where he was coming off a Gold Glove season - to make room for Elvis Andrus. Young's reaction?

Trade me.

General manager Jon Daniels in 2009: "I still believe there is a likelihood that we can come together on this and put it behind us, We want to have further discussions with Mike and talk to him about it. We're all preparing for Michael to be an integral part of our team going forward. That's how we're preparing and that's my expectations."

Daniels in 2011: "We will walk down the path and see if there's something that can satisfy all parties. If not, we'll put the club together with the idea of Michael playing a key role on the team and we're still prepared for that."

Ring a bell?

While the Rangers are working with the eight teams that are listed as approved destinations for Young per his contract, I don't see any of them as a good fit. I'd be shocked if Young didn't chill, swallow some pride, realize that $16 million is a lot of money, Texas is a good team and report to camp and return to the role he's served for this organization for a decade now.

Daniels was asked last week if he thought the relationship was fixable. "I would hope so."

For now Young and the Rangers are amicably co-habitating, operating purely as business partners trying to make the best of a bad situation. Perhaps, as in 2009, a reconciliation will occur.

Meanwhile, is Young becoming another Greg Ellis? A good player, reliable team spokesman and great role model who almost annually bitches about a position change or perceived insult?

Feels like it.


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Kanard Williams
Kanard Williams

And one more thing: STOP SAYING THE RANGERS CAN'T FIND A TRADE PARTNER FOR MY, THAT IS A LIE, AND MANIPULATION(sound familiar?lol). They have several trade partners, they just can't find someone who will give them what they want to justify his trade to the public and rangers fans who want MY to stay. The Rangers tried to give MY away to Colorado during the winter meetings for Eric Young Jr and Esmil Rogers, and would have paid $20 million of his contract to do it. If Texas had signed either Vlad, or Jim Thome, we wouldn't be having this conversation, MY would be in a Rockies uniform getting ready to hit .320 with 220 hits in Coors and playing 2B next to Tulo everyday. You guys have it all twisted, lol.

Kanard Williams
Kanard Williams

The thing about blogs is they are written by fans, and fans often cannot be objective. So let me bring some perspective, as an impartial observer: Michael Young is going to get his $48 million, regardless of where he goes, so his ability, or willingness to "chill out.." is not at all tied to his ability to collect a check. His contract is guaranteed. Stop talking as if it isn't.

Second, when Michael Young requested a trade before, he was being asked to move to third as a starter, not a primary DH and a platoon insurance replacement in case everybody else in the infield that the team feels is better than he is gets hurt as he is now. People in Texas are very hypocritical regarding this situation. Take the money out of it, and a lot of people would have done the same.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Michael shot himself in the foot by making his public comments. He went from overpaid, aging good hitter and teammate to overpaid, aging good hitter and perpetual whiner not worth the players and money a team would have to lose in order to acquire him.

I like the guy, I really don't want to see him go, but right now I think the Rangers could've gotten more for Blalock in his last season here than they can get for Young and his contract now. And I was willing to trade Blalock for a bag of Doritos. Half of his 8 teams are out, the other half know they have the Rangers over a barrel.

Young really needs to suck it up, come to camp with a smile on his face, work hard, keep his mouth shut, and get 'er done. He has a chance to redefine the DH position, but he's being a baby about not getting the start at 3rd. As if Kinsler won't have some day-to-day tweak turn into a month and Young won't even need to grab his glove from the locker...

The only way he's going to get out of here is to play his way out, and he may just end up really enjoying his role. But if not, at least he'll have solid value come July and this team can get more than the drunken spirit of Old Hoss Radbourn in return.

Rooster
Rooster

Dear Mike,

Thanks for being the franchise for the last few years, but you're not what your used to be, baseball is a business, and we have have guys in place that play better than you.

We have given you a ridiculously large contract to reward you for being the face of the franchise all these years (currently $7M more than anyone in MLB will pay you given your current performance levels), and as a result will need to swap bad contracts with any potential trade partner. We're kind of having difficulty finding that, and you limiting potential suitors to 8 teams hasn't helped.

We're working on it as best we can, but if you end up in Surprise in a few days, please try to be a fucking grown-up about it while we search for someplace to offload you. In the meantime, playing better would be a great way to get your position back if you'd like to give that a shot.

Thanks for your patience.

Hugs and kisses,

Rooster

Greaves
Greaves

Just can't believe this mess. The media is saying that the Texas Rangers are becoming an embarassment. A new low...why did Ranger execs think it wise to change a first time ever World Series Lineup? Don't replace Lee and take away Young and Guerrero or you don't make it again. A first grader could have figured that our. Please ignore your egos Ranger execs...or you're gonna ignore the World Series for another 40 years...replace Lee and take Young a humble pie and apologize. Let the guy play wherever he wants. G GS Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG BELTRE"S FIELDING STATS 13 Seasons TOT 1826 1773 15689.1 5171 1463 3484 224 328 .957 101 139 8 16 2.84 2.71 .956 2.71 2.69 YOUNG"S FIELDING STATS 11 Seasons TOT 1496 1464 12831.2 6151 2096 3919 136 877 .978 -71 -119 -7 -13 4.22 4.02 .972 4.25 4.21 NOTE THIS: MLB CAREER FIELDING PCT. YOUNG .978 BELTRE .957..CAREER BATTING AVERAGE YOUNG .300 BELTRE .275 AND GET THIS... CAREER SEASON 162 GAME AVERAGE HRS, RBIS AND RUNS SCORED YOUNG 203 BELTRE 195 CAN YOU RANGER EXECS READ???? OH AND THE ARGUMENT THAT MICHAEL'S GETTING OLD AT 34...BELTRE TURNS 32 IN APRIL. AND THE FINAL QUESTION? WHY NOT REPLACE ANDRUS...THE ONLY SHORTSTOP SINCE OZZIE SMITH IN THE 80'S WITHOUT A HOMERUN....WE'LL SAY IT AGAIN FOR YOU SHORT ON THE UPTAKE...THE RANGERS HAVE THE ONLY SHORTSTOP IN OVER 20 YEARS WITH NO HOME RUNS...HOW 'BOUT IT? THIS MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL...FIX IT PLEASE. GET A PITCHER AND APPEASE MICHAEL YOUNG BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE...AND TRY TO GET GUERRERO BACK...TRADE ANDRUS FOR GOD'S SAKE OR OUR NO NAME FIRST BASEMAN AND ONE OF OUR SEMI-PLAY TIME CATCHERS...KEEP MICHAEL YOUNG!!!!

P1Steven
P1Steven

Seems like the Rangers front office have a history of pissing on the best players of their franchise. Juan Gonzalez: Tom Hicks had no issue cashing in on his steriod success, but then threw him under the bus for taking steroids. Ivan Rodriguez: Remember how that guy was washed up, and his career was in the twighlight? Kenny Rodgers: Granted Kenny lost his cool, and took out a innocent bystander. Front office had no issue taking public his issues in a contract dispute.

NotAFan
NotAFan

Its interesting how Daniels and Ryan seem to be on both ends of the spectrum on this. Daniels exhalts the nature of keeping the band together. But in order to do that, bandmates must understand that the band is more important than its lead singer. Or in Young's case, the rhythm guitarist.

On the other hand, Ryan seems all but ready to show Young the door, thank him for playing and give him his parting gift. Of 40 million dollars plus over 3 years. For NOT playing.

What we see are two executives that see both sides of it. Daniels wants to keep the party going. Ryan is an ex ball player who understands what it feels like when it may be time to part ways.

I believe in the end (next week or 2?) that cooler heads will prevail. Maybe Daniels can take Young to dinner and give him some chocolates. Beg for Young's forgiveness. Tell him he'll never take him for granted again. Like so many men will be doing tonight. They'll kiss and make up.

Until Beltré starts to hike his skirt in Daniels' direction.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

If my car is worth 20k, someone else is willing to take it for 5k, but I'm asking 30k for it, that doesn't mean I have a buyer.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

"they just can't find someone who will give them what they want"

So they should just give him away? They don't have to justify anything to us fans.

LOL at Kanard Williams.

Rooster
Rooster

Well yes....gee....let's just take the money out of it....because that certainly doesn't affect any decisions in baseball....

NotAFan
NotAFan

I thought he lost all his cred when he cited Andrus' lack of home run hitting. Dude. It's not Home Run Derby. If you want to see home runs all the time, go watch the All Star game. The Rangers used to be in the top 5 in home runs annually. And they sucked. It's about "manufacturing" runs. Getting on base. Making the outfield work for it. Causing errors. The Rangers have slowly adopted this philosophy and look where it has landed them.

midnitewriter
midnitewriter

Your fielding data would be great if A) Anyone could decifer it and B) this were still the 1950's and we thought Fielding % and Errors made a big difference when comparing two players defensive abilities. I will make it simple for you... If Beltre gets to 20 more balls than Mike Young does, but makes 5 more errors, then Beltre has still turned 15 more balls into outs than Young has... That is why it is better to have Adrian Beltre over Michael Young at 3rd base. Batting average.... same thing. It means little. Michael Young's wOBA was .335 last year. Beltre's was .390 and while some regression is surely in order for Beltre, his bat should be at least average for 3b and I'm guessing superior to Youngs.

UZR150 is better than Fielding %OPS is better than HitswOBA is better than Batting AverageAdrian Beltre is better than Michael Young.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

You lose all baseball credibility the second you said "replace Andrus."

Plus learn what Caps Lock does.

NotAFan
NotAFan

I didn't realize that K-Will is a respected media colleague, privy to inside knowledge of all MLB office goings on. If he knows so much about back room deals within the hallowed halls of MLB franchises that are interested, perhaps he should give Daniels a call.

I believe K-Will thinks we, as local Ranger supporters, are all hung up on the money. We are not. Saying "ooh.. he's a crybaby for not being happy about taking his $16mm due to him this year...." frankly is a tired argument.

If I'm able to somehow talk another company into bumping my salary up because I'm unhappy with my current work conditions, then what is the problem?

The "problem" is that NO ONE wants to pay Young a fraction of what he's making in Texas. He has gotten a overinflated opinion of himself.

Yes, as Ranger fans, we love us some Michael Young. He was a "good soldier" during the salad days (which by the way, were only 2 EFFING seasons ago). We've heard all the rhetoric from the sports media. Leader. Locker room guy, brings his lunch pail.. Blah Blah.

But the truth is, no one will love you like your own family. And Michael Young is finding out that the foster parents of the MLB (other teams) are never going to quite give you the props like Daddy Nolan and Uncle Jon will.

On a side note: Let's PLEASE tap the brakes on giving Young the "leader" tag. Being here for 10 years doesn't make you a leader. Your actions do.

jack greaves
jack greaves

SOME FOLKS JUST "CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH"..KIND OF LIKE THE RANGER EXECS...YOUNG CAN PLAY SHORT...GOLD GLOVE...REMEMBER? TRADE "NO HOME RUNS" ANDRUS FOR A STARTING PITCHER AND WE GET YOUNG BACK IN THE LINEUP. (CAP LOCKS ARE FOR CAP LOCKING).

Rooster
Rooster

Holy crap. Scruffy and I agree on something....

Rooster
Rooster

Dude. Just stop. You're making yourself look like an idiot.

Micheal Young was a gold glove shortstop 3 years ago. He's not the same player. He now a defensive liability.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Defense wins games too, you know. If the best reason you have to replace Elvis is Young is supposedly a better power hitter, I know a chick or two on-air at the Fail that might actually be smarter on baseball than you.

Plus there were your whole stupid points about getting Vlad back even though he signed with Baltimore and acting like there's a vending machine of ace pitchers just sitting in a corner at the ballpark waiting for a dollar to be inserted...

But keep trying, it's amusing.

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