Michael Young Wants Out and I Don't Blame Him

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​He's been the face of the franchise for a decade, the team spokesman who was left to explain a lot of  horrible Texas Rangers baseball. He's been a batting champ, an All-Star Game MVP and a Gold Glove fielder with a sparkling image.

He's moved from second to short to third to, now, a diminished role as a part-time DH.

Michael Young's had enough. He wants out. And who can blame him?

Most of us saw this coming a couple weeks ago. Even though owner Chuck Greenberg and general manager Jon Daniels promised Young would still be a vital player in 2011, the math didn't add up.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that the arrivals of Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli are prompting the departure of Young.

Unfortunately, Young demanding a trade will also tarnish his legacy in Texas.

Because you can't say "anything for the team" one week and then decide "eff it, if I'm not a prominent player I want out" the next. I understand his position. I also recognize such a stance comes with consequences.

Young is owed $48 million over the next three seasons, a steep price for a utility man with dwindling numbers at the plate and who is a defensive liability in the infield. To trade him, of course, the Rangers will have to pay a big chunk -- as much as $20 million, maybe -- to another team.

(Before you jump off the cliff, remember that Young also made trade rumblings a couple years ago when Elvis Andrus bumped him to third. It's not impossible that he calms down, goes to spring training and lives a little less happily ever after right here in Arlington.)

The whole thing stinks, but we knew it would come to this. Eventually, it always does. (See: Mike Modano.)

Trying to decide who looks worse here: The player demanding a trade from the only franchise he's ever known and who just made it to the World Series? Or the team that apparently has misled its long-time leader?

Bottom line: This is progress. If the Rangers still sucked, Young would still be one of their best, most indispensable players.

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Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

IMHO, JD is a hell of alot more important to the continuity of this thing than over payed, in decline team captain with no position. Here's an idea Mikey, STFU about hurting your chances on another muti million dollar deal once the next THREE Effing years of this one runs out..be the Effing leader you are supposed to be and shut your Effing mouth. If you really want "out" open up your trade list, if you don't want to do that..then sincerely, from all long suffering Ranger fans that don't make 16 mill a year, sit down and shut up..you are not the straw that stirs the drink..his name is Jham..and he'll be part of the next big franchise changing trade most likely/unfortunately! Pow, Pow (that's how the heat is brought RW)

Dollar Dog
Dollar Dog

What does Young and his 16m salary have to bitch about? Beltre was brought in because he is substantially better defensively than Young. Napoli was brought in for a sorely needed RH bench bat and 1B bat in case Moreland can't hit LHP.

The dude needs to shut up, show up every day and do what he's paid to do or quit and say goodbye to his fat bankroll showing up every month.

rofm
rofm

Young got moved to DH the second he ole'd that bases loaded ground ball in the World Series

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh

Both the Rangers and Young will have to ignore "legacy" in this matter.

The Rangers are going to take a bath to get rid of him. And Young isn't going to find another fan base that will worship him the same way.

In the end both sides will feel shitty for parting, but they'll both get what they need in the end: Less problematic garbage and a chance to move on and be successful.

Scott
Scott

I rate the Superbowl an A+. The security process sucked, but I think 'most' understood the reason for it.

MikeInEuless
MikeInEuless

Five Questions

1. What should the Rangers take into account when making plans for 2011 - what Michael Young did for them in 2005, 2006, and 2008, or how they project he will perform in 2011?

2. If Michael Young seriously wants to be traded, has he opened his list of eight acceptable teams he would go to beyond the eight that have been mentioned? Supposedly these teams are the Rockies, Angels, Yankees, Twins, Astros, Cardinals, Padres, and Dodgers.

3. If he hasn't, should he?

4. Are there really any indications that the Rangers have misled Young? They said they weren't looking to trade him; they also said they listened to offers that other teams initiated.

5. Do yo really expect Michael Young to be traded?

Don
Don

Richie: Why do you presume he was lied to? He is becoming like Greg Ellis. Good, even wonderful person. But at 16 mil - hey, like lots of us he can roll with the punches. You automatically transfer all blame - if there really is any - to the team. come on! You hold out an olive branch - OK. But when you write these things with no proof shown, well, I just shrug my shoulders and sigh. You can do better! Don

Tim in Allen
Tim in Allen

I'm afraid that being the best player on the Rangers for the span he was on it, except for the years that A-Rod and Teixeira played there, is a misleading statement. It aligns very much with what happened to the Mavericks before Cuban bought the team. We here thought a lot of Michael Finley. He was a great player only by comparison to the players around him. Things had been so bad for so long that the value of players were very far out of whack. It turns out that you can sign a player of Michael Finleys skills every off season for half the price. I think the Rangers just figured out the same about Michael Young. When you have nothing to play for you praise the skills of your best players to sell tickets, but when you just played in a world series, you quickly realize that the Beltrans of the world will always play for a winner. Its just how Baseball works. Let Michael Young be the star player on a bad team again and show him the door. Thanks for your service here, but you are now lucky to play for the Rangers, the Rangers aren't lucky you played for them.

hammertimez
hammertimez

groundbreaking piece...

i love the observer, but i could do this, dude....and it would have been out two days ago.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

In the immortal words of El Martillo, "DON'T WANT YA, YER (contract's) FAT!"

kergo
kergo

If he were THAT valuable, they wouldn't have moved him around the infield like they did. Stuff happens. Heck man, he's making 16 bills a year. Trust me, nobody wants this guy for 16 bigguns a year.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Here is an idea, if he wants out so bad, then go to another team, renegotiate his contract and say eff it, or STFU take your $16 million dollars a year and DH. Which is it? its a business, and when my business feels that my skills no longer fit the job description they move me or let me go and I dont get no guaranteed pay.

Chadjohnson75
Chadjohnson75

I don't blame him for being upset, but it's not because he would be a part-time player. He has been lied to by JD about whether or not they were trying to trade hm. Be honest, JD. IF this team has chemistry issues this year, I blame JD. He will still get his ABs. Napoli is not a full-time player. Moreland's ABs will suffer more from Napoli than Young's. If they trade MY, they better get someone who can help them right now. That will be a huge hole in the lineup.

JD apologist
JD apologist

Hey, "just sayin':" You know nothing of baseball, certainly less than Whitt -- and that's saying something. Go watch local sportscasts, cite to Gold Glove awards and leave the real baseball analysis to those that know.

just sayin'
just sayin'

It cracks me up that everyone thinks Jon Daniels is such a great GM. What has he done? He had a megadeal fall in his lap for Tex that stocked their farm system. The Braves were idiots for making a Hershel Walker style trade because they actually thought Tex would stay there. Then Daniels gave up Justin Smoak in order to rent Cliff Lee for the playoff run. That is it. Is that enough to make everyone forget all of the shit moves he pulled before Atlanta made him an offer that he couldnt refuse?

P1Steven
P1Steven

Shows that Jon Daniels carries the BIG stick now in Arlington....

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

"In the end both sides will feel shitty for parting, but they'll both get what they need in the end: Less problematic garbage and a chance to move on and be successful"

I think my buddy tried that same sentance when telling his wife they just need to get divorced.

jerrahs rug
jerrahs rug

1 - JD is a realist and I think they aren't expecting anything better than the last season or two.

2 - He says he's open to other teams on a case by case basis, and hopefully the Rangers will explore a lot of teams to get the best value back before making any final decision.

3 - I think he should be open to all teams. Things are getting ugly between the sides, but Michael needs to realize he is the one who wants out and he should consider the team needs to do what's best for them as well.

4 - Michael says the team has all along told him they never tried to deal him. The Rockies and Rangers have talked about a deal for weeks according to reports. If these reports are true, then Michael may be right.

5 - Yes, I think Michael is likely dealt. The two sides are clearly getting fed up with another, and Michael saying, to paraphrase, "I know the truth and Jon Daniels knows the truth. I'll sleep well." It's ugly and getting uglier it seems.

I don't think Michael is a bad guy and I do wonder what the clubhouse will be like without him. I hope the Rangers can get team leaders to step up if he is indeed dealt elsewhere.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

Michael Young would seem to fall more into the Steve Nash category than Michael Finley. Team sees him getting up in age and thinks he's probably about to suffer a tremendous drop in performance. Hopefully, Young really is closer to the end than Nash proved to be when he left.

Rooster
Rooster

Gotta agree. If the guy wants more time on the field, the solution is simple - play better.

Otherwise, quit crying and cash the checks we're giving him, which by the way, are approximately $7M a year more than anyone ELSE in MLB would be willing to pay.

Taylor
Taylor

So, when he makes a good trade he's lucky but when it's a bad trade he sucks? Glad to see how this works.

jerrahs rug
jerrahs rug

JD undoubtedly made some bonehead moves his first few seasons, but it started to turn around with the Carlos Lee/Francisco Cordero trade (which essentially gave the team Nelson Cruz as a throw-in and 2 1st round picks when Lee left to Houston). The Atlanta trade cannot be viewed as anything but an outright steal, and Clifford Lee pitched like a beast in the postseason and without him this team wasn't making the World Series. so yes, Justin Smoak could be great but I think a World Series appearance was worth it.

And Hamilton did win MVP. And the farm system has completely turned around. Give JD a lot of credit. He's earned it.

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

And maybe one day Justin Smoak will actually hit major league pitching.

Mizzou12
Mizzou12

What has he done? Did you see the team go to the World Series last year??? He created that team from scratch (trades, drafts, etc.) Where'd we get Josh Hamilton? A trade. Cliff Lee? A trade. Elvis Andrus? A trade. Nelson Cruz? A trade. David Murphy? A trade. Mitch Moreland? The Draft. And the list goes on and on and on. Jon Daniels did all of that, so he's pretty freaking good at his job.

Rooster
Rooster

He put together a World Series team.

Just like when I said the guy was a bust after it seemed all of MLB was out to take his lunch money after his first few disasterous trades, I now have to give the guy credit for assembling a World Series team.

Was it a fluke he got taken on his first few trades, or was it a fluke he managed to stock our minor leagues system with enough talent to field a team that would make the World Series?

Either way, this is a results oriented business, and if you're a Ranger fan, making the World Series is one hell of a result...

P1Steven
P1Steven

Rangers gained two first round picks for Lee going elsewhere.

MikeInEuless
MikeInEuless

I heard that the Rockies initiated discussions, which is why I think the Rangers may be honest when they say that they weren't actively seeking to trade Young. I think Young may be more upset with the team's reported flirtations with Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez and I can understand that; I don't think they could have signed either of those guys without it cutting into Young's at bats at least some.

I don't expect Young to be traded, based on what's reportedly being offered. I don't think they'll really hold out for an upgrade, which is the word Jon Daniels used in the conference call, but I do think they're going to want something other than a bench player back.

Taylor
Taylor

One of whom was a big piece to the Cliff Lee trade

jerrahs rug
jerrahs rug

Yep, and I hope the Rangers are serious when they say he won't be dealt unless they get something of value back especially if they eat most of his contract. Michael really needs to work with the team better and open up his list of accepted teams to be dealt to. He's the one who wants out, and it's a bit selfish to be so demanding. That being said, I do think he is an asset even with the bloated contract and the DH position could be much dicier with him gone.

As for the Rockies talks, I think because they lasted so long the Rangers had to have had some back and forth. The latest news is that the Rangers wanted someone back better than 2B/CF/utility speedster Eric Young Jr., I even heard one rumor throw out the name Dexter Fowler which would be GREAT but I doubt the Rockies would part with him.

Reportedly the Astros may offer Carlos Lee for Michael. Lee is due $37 million for the next two seasons whereas Michael is due $48 million for the next three. That could be a realistic swap and could give the Rangers a DH option with power upside in Lee. Though it is worth noting Lee is coming off the worst season in his career and saw his batting average dip over 50 points and his OPS over a hundred.

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