Originally written on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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        So much has been made of players who have become distractions while asking to be traded. For the most part, these players have acted in a selfish way to get out of places they do not want to be. Little to no regard is intended for the team the player is currently playing for. Other times teams are simply looking to dump payroll because they cannot afford the higher salaries. But what about a player who has been the ultimate company man? One who has made position change after position change. After all his own selfless sacrifices, he is given an ultimatum: either wave your no trade clause, or become a bench player. This, of course, is the story of Texas Rangers and infielder Michael Young.     After making it through his first two seasons on a Rangers team that was not very good, Young became a face of the franchise starting in 2003. His emergence (.306, 14, 72, 204 hits, 106 RS) gave the team a homegrown star (though he was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays) and...
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3 Comments:
  • The last time I checked...Michael Young was being paid $100,000. PER GAME! I wish the Rangers would treat me with that kind of disrespect.
  • M.Y. is a great team player, clubhouse and all around nice family man. Respectful, good and driven! He is in the last year of a contract at 16,000,000 for 2013. Out of respect for him and still good business 101 they should use him like in the 2012 season as a super infielder/DH. He is very useful, and is yes toward the end of his playing career, but still very good! And is expensive insurance in case a starter gets hurt on goes on the DL. 162 games is a long grind + playoffs. Keep him TEXAS management!You will regret it if sometime during the 2013 season if a good plater gets hurt or in a deep slump. Mark my words if you trade him and eat 10-11 million of his salary you will regret it in spades.
  • I agree that this sucks. But baseball is a business and they will do whats in their best interest. If you really think about it, this has been coming since the Rangers got Beltre. With that kid from the Rough Riders showing he can play at the major leauge level, M Y became expendable. If the Rangers feel they can get a good prospect or another pitcher, they will pull the trigger. Again, whats in their best interest.
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