Replacing Michael Young's production doesn't figure to be that difficult for the Texas Rangers.
Any fan of WAR can tell you that Young was one of the worst players in the American League in 2012 when you look at his numbers (his -2.4 was a career worst). His average of .277 was his worst since 2002. His RBI total of 67 was dismal, especially considering he hit in the heart of the order of one of baseball's most potent lineups.
And then there's his defense, which fell off as Young aged. His range when he played was somewhat diminished, as were the reactions of the 36-year-old.
Despite all of that, the Rangers are going to find it next to impossible to replace Young, who waived his no-trade clause Saturday and agreed to be traded to the Philadelphia Phillies.
His clubhouse impact is that important.
"He's the first guy I got to meet when I got to the big leagues," said Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland. "He was like a brother as well as a father figure. He's had that bi...