Here's hoping Michael Young stays put

Updated: February 8, 2011, 3:18 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
It's a shame that Michael Young is demanding a trade because it really is in his best statistical interest to remain a member of the Texas Rangers. It doesn't take long to realize that Young has pretty extreme home/road splits, not only in 2010 but his entire career, and fantasy owners have been relying on those home numbers for years. I won't speculate on where Young might be headed, because I'm skeptical it happens at all. Players demanding trades rarely get what they seek.

If Young wants to play on a strong offensive team, he should stay where he is. The Rangers have a relative chokehold on the top hitters in the American League West, and one would think Young -- even misled, manipulated or whatever he claims -- would want to remain part of the AL champs, whether he's the designated hitter or a super-utility guy. Fantasy owners want him in Texas, want him adding first and second base eligibility and want him hitting second in a terrific batting order.