Rangers-Young union may be nearing end
The marriage between the Texas Rangers and Michael Young is approaching its 10th anniversary, and overall it has been good. Young has become an All-Star with the Rangers, a Gold Glove winner, the franchise's de facto captain. He played in a World Series for the Rangers, caught a first pitch from a former president. If you walk into Texas airport shops, his No. 10 is the Rangers' jersey usually displayed with the most prominence.
He played second base for Texas until Alex Rodriguez was traded and then, at the Rangers' request, shifted to shortstop. In the winter after he won a Gold Glove for his play at shortstop, the Rangers moved him to third base to make room for Elvis Andrus. From the start of spring training in 2009, Young embraced the change, treating Andrus with respect and burying any personal feelings he might've had about the change.
The Rangers uprooted Young again this winter, signing Adrian Beltre, who is regarded as the best defensive third baseman in the game, and Young again publicly spoke about going along with the move, about being willing to play all over the diamond.
But something has changed in the relationship between the player and the team. Maybe the situation worsened after the Rangers engaged other teams in trade talks at the winter meetings before signing Beltre, or maybe it was the acquisition of Mike Napoli that pushed this over the edge. Maybe it was all the change that Young has been asked to do, over and over.
No matter the reason, the Rangers are again looking for a way to move Young.
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