Thursday, February 17, 2011
Ian Kinsler: Michael Young a pro
By Richard Durrett
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler insists that Michael Young will be sitting right beside him in the clubhouse when full squad workouts begin on Sunday.
"This isn't DeSean Jackson or Michael Vick or Manny Ramirez," Kinsler said. "Michael Young is a professional. It would be completely out of his personality not to be here."
Kinsler, one of Young's closest friends on the team, believes that Young will come in and go to work to prepare for the 2011 season.
"It's going to work itself out," Kinsler said. "He's going to be here when he needs to be here and I think we're going to be able to handle it appropriately and move on."
Young requested a trade a few weeks ago and the Rangers have said they are trying to accommodate his wishes. But the team also insists any trade for Young, who has three years and $48 million remaining on his contract, has to upgrade the team and so far they haven't found one that does that.
The club, like Kinsler, expects Young to arrive this weekend and participate in drills starting Sunday. Kinsler doesn't think this entire situation will alter Young's personality in the clubhouse or his work ethic on the field.
"He's motivated, he's always been motivated," Kinsler said. "He's a baseball player. Obviously, that's what he's done his whole life. He's the same guy. He's frustrated with the situation, but it's not changing him."
Kinsler disagreed with the idea that if Young wasn't traded that he'd react negatively.
"All the speculation that's happened with how frustrated he's going to be and how it's going to affect the team and he's not going to show up and that he's this crazy, evil person now is ridiculous," Kinsler said. "It doesn't matter what locker room he's in. As long as he's here, he's going to be the same guy that we've known. He's going to be motivated; he's going to be a leader. I don't think he expects anything else and we don't expect anything else."
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.