Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Philadelphia-phillies-lee

Cliff Lee only made 20 starts for the Texas Rangers between regular season and postseason games, but that's not stopping him from speaking out about Michael Young's final years in Texas. Saying he's "baffled" by the way the Rangers treated his once-again teammate, Lee questioned the decision-making of the Texas front office. "I think that baffled a lot of people who were around that organization. Like I said, he was the heart and soul of that team for a long time, and I can't understand their thinking on a few of the moves they made with him ... He's a really good player. I don't know why you wouldn't just let him do his thing. "I don't know their thinking or their motives behind those things ... You don't really have to understand it. They've got their reasons. They've got their theories on their team. And they have the right to do whatever they want, really, as an organization. But in my opinion, you want guys like Michael Young around. And you want him to be happy. And you want to let him go out there and just do what he does. "He never brings any problems to the scenario at all. So I didn't personally understand it. But I didn't know what was going on behind the scenes." Of course, there are probably some people in Dallas-Fort Worth that would argue the "never brings any problems" point. You know, there was that small matter of demanding a trade in February two years ago when the Rangers moved him off third base in favor of Adrian Beltre and traded for Mike Napoli to split time at DH. It's something Young is refuting now: "The biggest misconception about it is that people thought I did it because I didn't want to DH," Young said. "I flat out agreed to do it. That had nothing to do with that. Of course, that's a little different than what he was saying two years ago: "I’ll be the first to admit that I was not particularly keen on the idea of being a DH. But I did agree to do it. I wanted to put the team first. But in light of events that happened in the process, I got pushed into a corner one too many times. I couldn't take it anymore." The "events that happened" were likely the decisions to bring in Napoli and give him significant time at DH, cutting into Young's playing time -- a perfectly defensible decision based on performance. Young was entering his age 34 season and coming off a .284/.330/.444 season, his third sub-.800 OPS in four seasons despite playing in one of the game's best offensive parks. That was also Young's second trade demand in three seasons, as he raised a stink before the 2009 season when he was moved off shortstop to third base to make room for Elvis Andrus. While Lee may want "guys like Michael Young around," if he's going to be a problem every time you ask him to do something, it seems pretty obvious why the front office wouldn't. Essentially, this comes down to an aging player being unable to accept that he's no longer good enough to warrant playing time on his old club, and an old teammate and friend seeing him as the player he used to be, not the one he is now. Beltre, Andrus and Ian Kinsler were all better offensive and defensive options than Young across the infield, and Young never hit well enough to warrant the time at first base and DH that he got. Texas GM Jon Daniels has an obligation to make sure his team is set up for long-term success. Sometimes, that means cutting loose the "heart and soul" of the team once he starts hurting the team with his poor performance. And as Lee does (fairly) point out later on, you can't argue with the success the Rangers had on the field while reducing Young's role. [ESPN] [follow]

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Brandon Browner fined $8K for throwing Brandon Gibson to turf

Report: Sharper, NFLers called spiked drinks 'horny juice'

Rex Ryan: My wife could coach Tom Brady

Jim Harbaugh won in laser tag by 'hunting' 10-year-old kid

Eddie Lacy is ‘very blind,’ refuses to wear goggles

Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI, gets probation

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

NFL scouts not in love with Amari Cooper?

Report: No teams interested in trading for Lance Stephenson

It is not Chip Kelly's fault if Eagles miss playoffs

FCC declares that 'Redskins' is not obscene

Padres reportedly acquire Justin Upton

Rajon Rondo after trade: My love for Celtics fans is 'unmatched'

Longhorn Network’s yule log? Five hours of BEVO

Will a Chiefs WR finally catch a TD in Week 16?

Jon Lester and the Cubs

The Toronto Raptors reveal their new logo

Things Johnny Manziel, Browns can do to avoid a bad repeat

No. 9: What if the Bengals hired Bill Walsh?

Top 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Predicting the winners of the four NFL divisions up for grabs

Game of the week: Indianapolis Colts at Dallas Cowboys

Chase Utley bids farewell to Jimmy Rollins

Are the 49ers going to rebuild or reload?

Ranking NFL coaches on hot seat heading into Week 16

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Top 10 worst NBA related commercials of all-time

Game of the week: Colts vs. Cowboys

Phelps gets probation for DUI

NFL coaches on hot seat in Week 16

The Roy Williams-Terrell Owens horse collar turns 10

Most underpaid NFL players in 2014

Gronk jokes about Brady compliment

In Matt Kemp, did the Dodgers find a pigeon in Padres?

Why the Saints are legit playoff threat

Impact of U.S.-Cuba relations on MLB

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.