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Michael Young trade faces hurdles

Updated: February 8, 2011, 12:03 PM ET
By Buster Olney

Michael Young doesn't have a lot of choices in forcing a trade from the Texas Rangers, and although he spoke out loud about his unhappiness on Monday, he would have to take many more steps to push the Rangers to take action.

Young -- whose treatment of Elvis Andrus after Young's shift to third base was a lesson in professionalism -- essentially would have to flip the script and become a baseball version of Terrell Owens in training camp and make a daily show of his unhappiness. He would have to start airing dirty laundry and being direct in his criticism. Or he could refuse to report to camp and turn his situation into something of an embarrassment for the Rangers.

But keep in mind that his anger is real and seemingly aimed at general manager Jon Daniels, particularly as you read between the lines of what he said to Jayson Stark and Richard Durrett. He does have the respect of folks who make decisions within the Rangers organization, and people in power could want to bend a little to give Young what he's now asking for.

The Rangers also could just pull a pocket veto and sit back and not really pursue a deal, and instead wait for somebody to come to them with an attractive offer. The Rangers could count on Young to arrive in camp and go about his business.

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