At present, the Detroit Tigers aren’t one of the suitors for displaced and disgruntled Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young.
- The Tigers are among the teams to which Young, a California native, can block a trade.
- Detroit has Brandon Inge to play third base, Young’s most recent position with the Rangers. CAN’T TOUCH THIS Records are made to be broken.
- While the Tigers don’t know who their Opening Day second baseman will be, it’s hard to envision Young as a strong candidate for a position he hasn’t played in a major league game since 2003. Young’s range at third base became a concern for the Rangers. His mobility would become an even greater issue at an up-the-middle position.
- Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers’ team president and general manager, said Tuesday that the team is “set” with its internal candidates to play second base. Dombrowski said Will Rhymes, Danny Worth, Scott Sizemore and Carlos Guillen are all options for the job, although Guillen (knee surgery) isn’t expected to be game ready until mid-March.
- The Tigers have made a concerted effort to introduce younger players to their lineup in recent years. The result: After grounding into 144 double plays in a dismal 2008 season, that figure dropped in each of the past two years. Young, however, could send that total in the opposite direction. He grounded into a team-high 21 double plays last year – more than any Tiger.
- Young is due $48 million over the next three seasons. The Tigers are only now emerging from a period of several years in which their payroll was restricted by bulky contracts.
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— Jon Paul Morosi