See when it starts to fall apart
It really falls apart
Like boots or hearts, Oh when they start
They really fall apart

It’s becoming an annual tradition in Texas for Michael Young’s relationship with the Rangers front office to be questioned during the offseason.  The second baseman who became a shortstop who became a third baseman who became an extraneous part of a team has been bent and wrought for the sake of the team on several occassions.  However, there’s a seriousness to each side’s stance this time that has many feeling as though Young’s days in Texas may be through.

Both Jon Daniels and Michael Young have confirmed that the veteran infielder has requested a trade.  But Young wanted to make it clear that his request isn’t the result of wishy washedness after claiming that everything was fine earlier this offseason.

The suggestion that I had a change of heart and asked for a trade is a manipulation of the truth. I asked for a trade because I’ve been misled and manipulated and I’m sick of it. Other than that, I’m not going to reveal any details about how this process unfolded. It’s not my nature to start blasting people publicly when I don’t think it’s necessary. I don’t think it’s fair or productive for anybody, particularly my teammates and coaching staff. But at the end of the day, I know the truth. And so does JD (Daniels).

Even though Young may deny it, Ken Rosenthal hints that the boots started to fall apart in the relationship between Young and the Rangers after the team moved him from third base to designated hitter, and then went out and acquired Mike Napoli from the Toronto Blue Jays.  Napoli, a right handed hitter just like Young, can play the same positions, plus spell some relief at catcher.

However, Jayson Stark is reporting that a major source of the friction is the result of the Rangers telling Young that they weren’t attempting to trade him when in fact, they were.

Young is still owed $48 million over the next three years, and it’s expected that Texas would have to eat a good chunk of that salary if they were to trade him.  A limited no trade clause may complicate matters a little bit, but the Colorado Rockies, a team that has been rumoured to be interested in Young, would not be affected by any contract stipulations regarding trades.  He would also accept trades to the Cardinals, Yankees, Twins, Astros, Dodgers, Angels and Padres.

And The Rest

MLBTR does a fantastic job at breaking down the mess that was the Bernie Madoff and Fred Wilpon relationship.  This is why I keep all my money under my mattress.  The whole thing is enough to cause David Wright to feel empathy.

Eric Chavez really could’ve been something spectacular.

Mike Lowell will not be attempting a comeback anytime soon.

The Atlanta Braves may not go with a single closer this season, but it has less to do with being smart and more to do with having two young, unproven guys who could both potentially fill the role.

This could Nolan Reimold’s breakout season.  It’s too bad it will probably come in Triple A.

Larry Granillo figures out exactly which Cubs game Ferris Bueller attended during his infamous day off.

Truck Day sounds cool in theory, but every year it gets more organized and more official and more of a team event and less of an impromptu way for fans to show support before their favourite team head down South for Spring Training.  However, I think The Platoon Advantage have got the right idea when it comes to celebrating Truck Day.

J.D. Drew is uncertain about pretty much everything.

Finally, the Trolley Dodgers are letting the fans decide what their throwback jerseys will look like this year, but according to Ned Colletti there are more important fish to fry.

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