SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers president Nolan Ryan and general manager Jon Daniels said Saturday they expect Michael Young to be in the starting lineup for Texas on Opening Day.
Daniels would not address any trade questions directly, saying only that he's always looking to upgrade the club. He declined to discuss whether talks were still active with teams involving Young or if he would set any sort of deadline on when he might give up attempting to trade Young.
But both Ryan and Daniels said they hoped Young's arrival in camp and the fact that full squad workouts start Sunday would bring some sort of closure to the situation.
“Michael is here and we’re very pleased about that, and we’re looking forward to the first day of workouts,” Ryan said. “He has said that he has a job to do and he’s going to start preparing for that job. That’s the way we view is that we’re here to get ready for the championship season. Ron [Washington] will be doing what he normally does and we feel good to have Michael in camp -- and we will we’re a better ballclub with Michael in camp. We’re happy that he’s here.”
Ryan said he did learn some things from how the entire situation was handled, saying he could have done a better job of communicating with Young all along. He said that Young still views himself as a guy that can play the field every day and he believes the baseball word does as well, but that Young best helps the Rangers in the DH and super-utility role. Ryan said he understood how the change of roles and trade talk swirling would bother Young.
Daniels said that while he'd like to be able to "come in and hug everybody," doing so isn't critical to winning, so he is prepared to go into the season without a great relationship with Young. He'd still like to talk to Young at some point but said some time probably needs to go by.