Saturday, December 8, 2012
Michael Young makes tough, but right call
By Richard Durrett
Saturday's decision couldn't have been an easy one for Michael Young.
Young and his wife, Cristina Barbosa, have lived in Texas since getting married a few months after the trade that sent Young from the Toronto Blue Jays organization to the Texas Rangers.
The Dalllas-Fort Worth area is all that his children know. Leaving home -- especially a place that's been your home for more than a dozen years -- is difficult.
But Young made the right call for his career. He agreed to waive his no-trade clause and head to Philadelphia, according to sources, ending his tenure in the only place he's ever played in the big leagues.
The 36-year-old infielder and designated hitter was likely to have a bench role in Texas in 2013. There are too many young players to play and not enough places to play them. Jurickson Profar appears ready for a regular job, Mike Olt could end up needing some at-bats, too, and manager Ron Washington may have to utilize the DH to be sure that Nelson Cruz and David Murphy get additional chances to contribute.
Add it up and Young was getting squeezed out of his current role, one he was forced to accept two years ago when the club signed Adrian Beltre to be their third baseman.
Young has moved around a lot in his Texas career. He started at second base and moved one spot over to shortstop to make room for Alfonso Soriano in 2004. He won a Gold Glove at shortstop in 2008 and was then asked to shift to third base so that Elvis Andrus could make his big league debut and play regularly. Two years later, Young was out of a regular infield job.
Now, he gets one back.
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