February 8, 2011 by staff
The general manager Jon Daniels, however, said, “nothing is imminent” and that the Rangers trade young that if they could improve the team to do so.
After the signing of free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre last month, the Rangers said Young would become the primary batter and serve in a utility role he could fill every position in the infield. Young, the most senior player of the team after 10 seasons, first agreed to this plan.
“Our first choice would be to continue with our offseason plan and go to camp with him and Michael to play pivotal role on the club,” Daniels said Monday. “He changed his mind, had a change of heart on this role and if we can access the application, and thereby upgrade the club, we would certainly like to do. ”
What might make this difficult is that young and has still about 48 million and three years on his contract. Plus, there are only eight teams not on his no-trade list.
Team president Nolan Ryan, who spoke to young twice in recent days, said the list did not increase at this point.
Daniels said some clubs has already approached him not on the list of Young, but he would not go into details about who they were.
“It certainly has not reached a point where we presented Michael with anything because he was clear about his feelings about it,” said Daniels.
The 34-year-old Young has spent his entire career in the majors with Texas, and played in 1508 regular season games before finally making the playoffs last season. A hitter with 0,300 career hits are 1,848 more in Rangers history, he also had five consecutive 200-hit seasons (2003-07) and led the AL with a .331 average in 2005.
Young was a second baseman when he became a starter for Texas in 2001, then move to shortstop after Alex Rodriguez was traded in 2004. The Rangers moved Young to third base two years ago when they decided to promote shortstop Elvis Andrus rookie from Double-A.
When Beltre was signed, “said Young, it was clear he wanted to play with the Rangers because of his desire to” make sacrifices big enough “to do so. Now, a month later, Young is looking to leave so he can be an everyday player on the field instead of doing what is expected in Texas.
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