Michael Young Requests Trade
Rangers DH/UIF Michael Young has changed his mind.
Young informed the Rangers last week he would like to be traded due to concerns about his career if he is labeled as only a DH in the future.
Club President Nolan Ryan told the media today he had multiple conversations with Young over the past week and feels he's not going to change his mind like he did two years ago.
Jon Daniels was far from certain the club would be able to accommodate Young's request and even went as far to say he hoped the relationship could be repaired.
The elephant in the room at the moment is what happens if the club can't find the right package and Young is still a Ranger when Spring Training opens next week.
No doubt Young isn't happy, but he's been a professional all his career so the expectation is he would report to camp and play whatever position the lineup card says.
However, Young's never been this upset before, at least publicly.
The Rockies have been the team linked to the Rangers and a possible Young trade since the Winter Meetings but they are reportedly wanting Texas to eat as much as $20 million of the $48 million left on Young's contract.
The Rangers don't like salary dumps so the Rockies will have to offer an impressive package of major league ready players for the Rangers to eat that much in the deal.
Right now the only certainty in this mess is Young wants to be traded and the Rangers will not make the trade just to make Young happy; they will have to also improve the team.
With Young's contract and the position the organization is in it'll be hard for Jon Daniels to accomplish such a trade.