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I went on a cruise. I came back alive. Here, then, are seven supposedly fun things baseball teams should never do again.
Sign Michael Young to a $16 million per year, five-year deal after his age-29 season that doesn't actually kick in until he's 32. It's supposedly fun because Young was a nice 3.5- to 4.5-win player from 2005 to 2008. He followed that up with solid years in 2009 and 2011 and a decent one, all things considered, in 2010, but he cratered to literally-less-than-worthless status last year and the Rangers have to be thankful that the Phillies were willing to take him off their hands.
Using the Baseball Prospectus version of WAR(P), Young has been worth 5.6 wins above replacement over the first four years of the extension, for which he's been paid $64 million. There is simply no dollars-per-win ratio that justifies that. Don't sign Michael Young to big deals.
Build a stadium with public money. Just stop.
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Rangers fans are left this week pondering the mixed legacy of their now departed Michael Young. As a legacy member of that team, Young had produced far more positive moments for the Rangers than the other way around. But his contract--which is not his fault--combined with two episodes of whining at position changes despite that contract--which is his fault--led to a falloff of some...
Michael Young was the 2nd domino to fall for the Philadelphia Phillies. How will the remaining dollars be spent by Rube Amaro?
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My articles are designed to represent a baseball-man’s thinking, the view from the dugout and the GM’s box. Most fans do not consider the budget, prospects on the radar, the stick-glove-or-power requirements, the...
Michael Young hit .277/.312/.370 last season for the Rangers.
Michael Young spoke to reporters today about his trade to the Phillies over the weekend. He says he’s ready to take on third base.
There is no press conference scheduled for Young in Philadelphia as of yet.
Check out this video, courtesy of the Dallas Morning News.
Michael Young has spent his entire career with the Texas Rangers. However, the last two seasons have been tenuous. The Rangers asked Young to move positions numerous times and he has wanted a contract extension. The extension never came, and now the Rangers have dealt him to the Philadelphia Phillies.
The trade was not without Young's consent though. Young had 10...
A couple videos today via MLB.com of Michael Young reflecting on his trade to the Phillies. He thanked the Rangers fans and looked forward to the Phillies: The first is from Emily Jones of MLB.com: Your browser does not support iframes. The second comes courtesy of MLB.com and the Texas...
DALLAS Even though Michael Young had become known as the Face of the Texas Rangers, he knew it was time to go.
The Rangers started making that clear around Thanksgiving, when they informed Young through his agent Dan Lozano that the club's all-time hits leader would get somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 at-bats in 2013.
Young was OK with that, as long as he would have a...
Maybe now the pace of offseason play for the Texas Rangers will pick up.
The Michael Young trade to Philadelphia was made official by Major League Baseball Sunday, ending the tenure of the franchise's all-time hits leader with the club. The trade news broke on Saturday, the same day that coveted right-hander Zack Greinke agreed to a six-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers...
DALLAS (AP) -- Michael Young says he's ready for a different challenge in Philadelphia after spending the first 12 seasons of his career with the Texas Rangers.
Young says it was an easy decision from a baseball perspective. He wanted to go to the Phillies to be their everyday third baseman.
Speaking publicly for the first time since waiving his no-trade clause and the deal...
The Philadelphia Phillies announced Sunday that they acquired infielder Michael Young from the Texas Rangers for right-handed relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and minor league righty Lisalberto Bonilla. Young, who wants to play more regularly, dropped his no-trade clause to go to Philadelphia. The Phillies will pay $6 million of Young's $16 million salary for next year. Young...
Sources from the Associated Press (AP) announce that Texas Rangers, 3rd baseman, Michael Young will join the Philadelphia Phillies roster. Young agreed to waive his no-trade clause on Saturday, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been announced. The Rangers also will pay a significant portion of Young’s salary for…
Adding veteran infielder Michael Young to the Phillies roster does not actually make the team younger, but it does fill the hole at third base. Young is owed $16 million in 2013 and the Rangers are reportedly picking up at least $10 million of that. The Phillies sent right-handed reliever Josh Lindblom and minor league pitcher, Lisalverto Bonilla to the Rangers.
Lindblom had little...
About this time last season, there were rumors swirling that the Rangers were contemplating a trade of franchise icon Michael Young. At that point, with Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, Ian Kinsler, and the first base platoon taking up all the infield spots, Young seemed most likely to be a part time DH. Interest was high as Young was coming off a stellar season in which he posted...
So the Phillies finally made some acquisitions. Since Christmas is almost here and I have some money to burn, what better gift for myself or for my Phillies loved ones than to get a brand new jersey with one of the Phillies' new players. So I went to Phillies.com shop...
The Dodgers’ reported deal with free agent righty Zack Greinke could have a ripple effect that impacts the trade market for the Mets’ R.A. Dickey, writes Anthony McCarron of the Daily News.
With Greinke headed to Los Angeles — he reportedly agreed to a six-year deal worth $147 million Saturday night — the Texas Rangers, a spurned Greinke suitor, may become more aggressive...
A lot of Phillies fans are unimpressed with the Phillies two latest additions – CF Ben Revere and 3B Michael Young. While both players fill huge holes for the Phillies, many don’t think they are the type of impact players that can help the Phillies climb back into the NL East race that they coughed up last year.
Ben Revere, whom the Phillies acquired in a trade that sent Vance...