Tag:Michael Young
Posted on: February 21, 2011 4:50 pm
 

Michael Young meets kid from viral video

Gavin and YoungRemember that sad three-year old kid who was horrified at the news the Rangers were supposedly going to trade Michael Young? (The video is below if you need to catch up on what happened.)

The video went viral, and why shouldn't it? It's an adorable kid who is absolutely crushed by the news his favorite player may be on the move. Brings back memories...

Anyways, Michael Young himself was one of those who saw the video, and he reached out to the child -- Gavin Justice -- and his mother, Kim. Gavin got to meet his idol last week prior to Young's reporting to spring training. The second baseman-turned shortstop-turned third baseman-turned DH took Gavin on a shopping spree at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington as the Dallas News reports -- but only after Gavin was convinced that this man in front of him in street clothes was also the one to wear No. 10 for Texas.

"First, we couldn't just tell him we were going to the stadium, because he would have thought there was a game, so we explained to him that we were going to meet Michael Young," Kim said. "When Michael walked up in street clothes, he came right to Gavin and Gavin kind of looked at him like 'Where's Michael Young?' He asked him 'Are you Michael Young?' And it took a minute for it to sink in.

"I was really taken by Michael getting down on Gavin's level and talking to him on his level," she added. "A lot of people spend their whole lives hoping to meet their baseball hero and my kid got to meet him when he was three. That's pretty cool. The way Michael handled it and dealt with my kid also made me feel really good that this is my son's baseball hero."

Young for his part was all too happy to meet Gavin.

"The kid was really cute and you got a laugh out of his reaction," he said. "As a father who videos my kids all the time, I was really able to relate to it. So, we thought it would be cool to meet him."

Gavin became a fan of Young last season and attended several games. When she was telling Gavin about Young's seeming exit from Texas, she grabbed her phone to record it, expecting the video to be humorous.

"He's a melodramatic kid and when he dropped his hat on the floor and hung his head, everybody I talked to said it just tugged their heart strings."

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: February 19, 2011 9:18 am
 

Young expected to report to Rangers camp

Michael Young Michael Young is expected to report to Rangers camp in Surprise, Ariz., the Dallas Morning New s reports .

Although Young has asked for a trade, the Rangers have been unable to work out a deal for the six-time All-Star.

It'll certainly be akward when he does show, considering Young has been critical of the team and organization, saying the Rangers have "misled" him among other comments. That said, he's still under contract and it's not as if the Rangers are interested in just giving him away or that other teams are lining up for the $48 million left on his contract.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: February 18, 2011 4:57 pm
 

Beltre hopes Young stays

Adrian Beltre
Adrian Beltre showed up at Rangers camp Friday, and took batting practice with a group that included Josh Hamilton. Position players are required to report Saturday, and presumably Michael Young will be among them. The signing of Beltre displaced Young, the Rangers' all-time hits leader, from third base into a super-utility/DH role. Young doesn't like the move and has requested a trade, creating a potentially awkward situation.

"There's nothing I can do about it, but if you want my opinion, the ballclub is better with him on it," Beltre told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . "I thought I was going to be with him. These guys in here have a lot of respect for him, and I hope everything will work out."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: February 15, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Diamondbacks inquired on Michael Young

YoungAll eyes are on Albert Pujols and the impending Albertageddon, but the Michael Young saga is far from over.

Predictably, Texas has struggled to find a new home for Young. The reasons are varied, but they all start with money at No. 1. With three years and $48 million remaining on Young's deal and production that is not commensurate with said salary, it is difficult for the Rangers to find a home for Young while at the same time ensuring their team either improves or does not take a step backward. It doesn't help that the Rangers are resisting calls to cover a large chunk of the now-DH's contract.

There have been several teams linked to Young -- the Rockies, Dodgers and Marlins are ones of note. Now, the Diamondbacks have joined the hunt according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosentha.

While Young would likely provide an upgrade to Melvin Mora at the hot corner, there's one major roadblock standing in the way. Yep: Money. 

It appears that Texas would have to pick up at least $20 million of Young's deal to facilitate a trade, but even then it would be difficult for the club to come away with a player that can make a real impact on the team. Arizona, meanwhile, is not swimming in dollars now that the days of Jerry Colangelo are gone. In fact, the Diamondbacks are set to have a payroll in the $55-$60 million range, and Arizona isn't in a position to move significantly past that number.

Steve Gilbert of MLB.com chimed in on the rumors, saying that Arizona inquired on Young shortly after he demanded a trade, but nothing has come of it since.

Here's betting nothing will, at least when it comes to rumors of Young heading to the desert.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: February 10, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Rangers don't think they can move Young

Michael Young It's looking more and more likely Michael Young and the Rangers are going to be stuck with each other, like two roommates who don't get along but are trapped in a bad lease.

The latest is a tweet from Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, who has been told by a Rangers source the team doesn't expect to be able to move Young, that "teams have inquired but feel set heading to spring camp."

No real surprise. The ground here has been well-covered: Young was displaced into a DH/utility role by the acquisition of Adrian Beltre, isn't happy about that and asked for a trade. But anyone who had a need for a starting infielder and that kind of money to spend has already done whatever they were going to do for this season. Here is a rundown from yesterday on why Young doesn't fit with various teams.

It's just not the time of year when you can easily move a 34-year-old with three years and $48 million left on his contract.

UPDATE: Rangers GM Jon Daniels spoke with the Dallas Morning News this afternoon and had this to say:

"None of us is happy that it came to this," Daniels said. "Nobody looks good right now. There are two options here. If a trade presents itself that looks like it will help the club, we will pursue it. If not, we'll go to spring training."

Also, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com was told by a source that the Dodgers were interested in Young, but wanted the Rangers to pay 75 percent of the $48 million in salary. The Rangers know they are going to have to eat money to get this done, but they don't want to pay someone that much to play somewhere else.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: February 9, 2011 8:54 am
Edited on: February 9, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Destinations for Young dwindling

Michael Young Throughout the offseason, just one team has expressed interest in disgruntled Ranger Michael Young, the Rockies. No more, Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes .

Renck says a major-league source tells him the Rockies are out on Young and not sure a deal can be revived. The Rockies have been in and out of the Young talks since before the Winter Meetings in early December.

Colorado seemed like a good fit for Young, who could fill a hole at second base. Right now, the Rockies have four candidates to start at second base, Jonathan Herrera, Jose Lopez, Chris Nelson and Eric Young Jr.

The Rockies are one of eight teams on Young's approved list, but few of those teams seem to be interested in Young. The seven other teams are the Padres, Dodgers, Astros, Cardinals, Angels, Twins and Yankees.

Here's the rest of the teams and reactions to a possible Young trade:

• Ken Gurnick of MLB.com writes the Dodgers have had talks with the Rangers, but a source tells him a deal is "a very long shot."

• Young's contract makes him a poor fit for the Astros, Zachary Lavine of the Houston Chronicle writes , even if it's a swap of bad contracts with Carlos Lee headed to Texas.

• The Cardinals aren't interested in Young, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes .

• The Angels are interested in Young, but Rangers' president Nolan Ryan it's doubtful the team would send Young to a team within his own division, the Los Angeles Times ' Mike DiGiovanna writes . Another story in the Times notes the teams match up well in terms of bad contracts, but the Rangers wouldn't really want Scott Kazmir or Fernando Rodney.

• There's "zero chance" the Twins make a deal for Young, Joe Christensen of the Star-Tribune tweets , adding the teams had discussed a trade before, but the contract is too much for the Twins to add.

• As for the Yankees and Padres -- the Padres don't want to spend that kind of money on Young, while the Yankees could, but they've already got overpaid declining infielders.

• There are also reports that Young would expand his list on a "team-by-team" basis -- which he may have to do in order to play for someone other than the Rangers in 2011.

UPDATE: An executive from one of the teams interested in Young tells Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman , "I still don't think they'll trade him."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:24 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 12:16 am
 

Demanding trade, Young 'misled and manipulated'

YoungThe Rangers have confirmed reports that Michael Young has demanded a trade and did so a week ago.

Young has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason, and things have ramped up again recently with a report Young could be joining the Rockies shortly. The Angels are also thought to be involved, but Texas would prefer not to deal their franchise icon to a division rival.

Despite being a franchise icon, Young is quite overpaid, due $48 million over the next three years. Colorado is requesting the Rangers eat at least $20 million, which would make Young's contract into commensurate value for the Rox. The Rangers have moved Young around, first from second to shortstop and then short to third, the latter move which was met with major displeasure by Young although he eventually acquiesced.

Despite the moves, Young still remains a terrible fielder (although he would play second in Colorado). When the Rangers addressed their fielding issues by signing Adrian Beltre, that pushed Young into a DH role that he originally accepted. However, Young has since balked, due in part to Texas' acquisition of Mike Napoli, which would steal at-bats from Young at DH.

"He's had time to think about it," GM Jon Daniels told the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. "Time's gone on and he's changed his mind."

President Nolan Ryan added more context, saying Young realized a trade would be in the best interest of his career as he could continue playing the field and not being shoehorned into the DH spot.

This is a rather masterful stroke for Texas. Fans were upset the Rangers were trying to deal Young as he is well-regarded in the community and is a fan favorite. However, by announcing Young's trade demand, the club can deal Young and then tell its fans they were only accommodating his request. Pretty smart.

UPDATE: Michael Young lashed out at ownership Monday night after the Rangers leaked the trade demand. Young is likely upset he is being painted the bad guy when he clearly feels different.

Telling the Dallas Morning News, Young said:

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.

How was he misled? And manipulated?

"That would be unproductive for everybody, particularly my teammates and coaches," he said. "I know the truth and Jon Daniels knows the truth and I will sleep well."

UPDATE 2: More quotes from Young, this time from MLB.com:

 

I would have prefered this to stay behind closed doors. The shame of this is I have a great group of teammates that I've grown to love. But at this point I don't think [it can be worked out]. I think a trade is going to happen.

 

And now FOXSports.

"I’m not going to sit here and say I’m above anything in that sense," Young said about trade talks, saying he was surprised but not upset. "It’s the business of baseball. People explore their options. In no way do I feel I’m above that."

UPDATE 3: And more information is pumping in. MLB.com has learned the eight teams Young can be dealt to as part of his partial no-trade clause. Cardinals, Yankees, Twins, Astros, Rockies, Dodgers, Angels and Padres.

GM Daniels said earlier that he felt it simplest to work within those eight teams to facilitate a trade. The Cardinals could absolutely use Young as they have a shaky David Freese there, but they just can't take on the salary commitment -- even if Texas eats $20 million -- when they have Albert Pujols to worry about. If they do swing a trade, that could mean Pujols' time is done.

The Yankees are likewise all set and would have no place to play him. The Twins appear maxed out on payroll and have settled their situation, and despite having a spare outfielder, the Rangers have no need there. The Astros are rebuilding and slashing payroll, so that deal makes zero sense. The Rockies we have all heard about. The Dodgers could salivate at bumping Casey Blake off third for a better hitter, but who knows what the finances are like in Dodgertown. The Angels are a divisional rival with an acute need, but how can the Rangers possibly justify moving Young to a division rival after all this drama? The Padres, lastly, have zero interest in an aging, overpaid hitter slowly on the decline. Yes, he may be able to help, but the Padres can't take that luxury ... if one can call it a luxury.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: February 5, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

YoungIn trade rumors that won't die, Michael Young's name has been rather prominent.

But a conclusion to the saga could be coming soon, with FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reporting that Young could be traded as soon as Monday to the Colorado Rockies, which would make him its second baseman.

Word surfaced Friday that Texas was still discussing Young with multiple teams, but it's narrowed back down to the Rockies, Rosenthal reports and talks are at an advanced stage, which means that the players are likely largely settled on. It's unknown who could be going back to Texas, but Eric Young, Jr. and Jose Lopez have been part of discussions. Texas earlier rejected Young, Jr. due to concerns about a stress fracture while Lopez isn't exactly a top second baseman as the Rangers know all too well from his Mariner days which came to a close last season.

To pull off such a deal for Michael Young, due $48 million over the last three years of his contract, Texas would either need to eat a high amount or Colorado will have to part with another high-salaried player. Rosenthal wonders about Aaron Cook, who could slide into Texas' rotation. Colorado would be able to move Cook given they acquired Felipe Paulino from Houston earlier in the offseason.

Any deal that is consummated will have to have the hurdles of how much money the Rangers are sending, along with the quantity and quality of players. The more money Texas sends, the more right they have to demand a top player. And the Rangers are looking for such a player, as Young is a fan favorite and leader. It's not easy to replace these things, especially if your return is only Jose Lopez.

Of course, Texas could just back out and keep Young as their DH and reserve infielder. Texas' comments to this effect the last few days have served as "mixed messages," so Colorado isn't entirely clear on whether or not they have a real shot at the third baseman.

For Young's part, while he's said all the right things publicly including not wanting to be traded, he has communicated privately he is unhappy about what his role will be in 2011. And now's the time to trade Young while teams are still looking to bolster holes.

Young has a limited no-trade clause, but Colorado is not on it. He will gain full rights this summer as a 10-and-5 player, however, so if the Rangers ever want to be able to trade him and not have to seek his approval, now's the time.

-- Evan Brunell

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