Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Michael Young not thinking trade
By Richard Durrett
DETROIT -- Texas Rangers veteran Michael Young said Tuesday that "right now a trade is the furthest thing from my mind."
Young, speaking on "Mike & Mike in the Morning" on ESPN Radio, was asked if he still wants to be traded to a team where he can play the field every day.
"At this point now, my thoughts are completely on the Texas Rangers," he said. "That's the way it should be. I'm not going to sit here and say I want to leave a team that's 9-1, a team that went to the World Series last year. Right now a trade is the furthest thing from my mind. Once the season rolls around, it's time to play baseball. I'm not going to concern myself with things I can't control."
Young started at third base last season, but the offseason signing of Adrian Beltre thrust him into a super-utility role.
Young then asked to be traded after saying he was "manipulated and misled" by the club. Young expected to be traded before spring training, but the Rangers didn't find a suitable deal. Club officials said they would only trade Young if it improved the club. When Young was still with the team at the time of full-squad workouts in February, he showed up to camp ready to work.
"My primary focus was coming out and playing winning baseball," Young said during the radio interview. "I knew my role was going to be a little different. I had things I had to work on. I had never played first base before, not even in a Little League game. I had to bear down on a new role. I didn't have time to think about anything."
Young and general manager Jon Daniels met twice during spring training to discuss the issue. Both called the talks productive.
Young played second base in Tuesday's game with the Tigers as Ian Kinsler got a day off.
Going into Tuesday's game, Young was batting .293 with three RBIs.
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.