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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Comments (6)

  1. You watch this Michael Young nonsense unfolding, and remember the circus before the ’09 trade deadline with Halladay, and people wonder why AA never talks about this stuff to the media.

  2. Good point. Although, I think Ricciardi was actively looking at media attention whereas Daniels would probably rather have kept this under wraps. He likely only confirmed it when he knew that Young had already spoke with the press.

  3. “It’s not my nature to start blasting people publicly when I don’t think it’s necessary…..But at the end of the day, I know the truth. And so does JD (Daniels).”

    Um sorry Michael but aren’t you doing just that? Texas is going to have eat a tonne of salary or find a team that is sucker enough to take on that brutal contract.

    Makes me wonder if Texas saw that 16 million per season they would be paying Young and realized it would be better spent on an extension for Josh Hamilton. 16 million in years 34, 35, and 36 of a players career is usually paying him on past performance. Hamilton is 4.5 years younger, making Michael not so young.

  4. Thing is, even before Young spoke to press about his side of things, the idea of shipping him to Colorado was leaking out all over the place — with the accompanying criticism from fans, bloggers, reporters, etc., and then you get criticism of the criticism, and confirmations/denials of talks… you get the point. It seems like more often than not lately, that type of media buzz around potential trades or signings results in them NOT happening, or at least not involving the teams everyone’s buzzing about.

    When the BIGGEST names or contracts do move from one team to another, or get signed to big deals, it’s starting to more frequently be the quieter teams and GMs getting the best of the situation. I’m thinking about the Phillies getting Cliff Lee seemingly out of nowhere, or VW getting shipped to Anaheim, or even Crawford to Boston to an extent. Hell, you could almost throw Teixeira to the Yankees in the mix. The Yankees are seldom quiet about signings or trades pending, but they were when they landed that big fish until right up until the last minute. The strong, silent strategy just seems like the more sound one these days.

  5. Maybe Young can contribute out of the bullpen? As a former SS and 3B, he must have a decent throwing arm, no?

  6. Anyone think reimold would’ve been a smart under-the-radar target for aa?

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