^
Keep Dallas Observer Free
4

Michael Young Wants Out and I Don't Blame Him

​He's been the face of the franchise for a decade, the team spokesman who was left to explain a lot of  horrible Texas Rangers baseball. He's been a batting champ, an All-Star Game MVP and a Gold Glove fielder with a sparkling image.

He's moved from second to short to third to, now, a diminished role as a part-time DH.

Michael Young's had enough. He wants out. And who can blame him?

Most of us saw this coming a couple weeks ago. Even though owner Chuck Greenberg and general manager Jon Daniels promised Young would still be a vital player in 2011, the math didn't add up.

It shouldn't come as a surprise that the arrivals of Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli are prompting the departure of Young.

Unfortunately, Young demanding a trade will also tarnish his legacy in Texas.

Because you can't say "anything for the team" one week and then decide "eff it, if I'm not a prominent player I want out" the next. I understand his position. I also recognize such a stance comes with consequences.

Young is owed $48 million over the next three seasons, a steep price for a utility man with dwindling numbers at the plate and who is a defensive liability in the infield. To trade him, of course, the Rangers will have to pay a big chunk -- as much as $20 million, maybe -- to another team.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

(Before you jump off the cliff, remember that Young also made trade rumblings a couple years ago when Elvis Andrus bumped him to third. It's not impossible that he calms down, goes to spring training and lives a little less happily ever after right here in Arlington.)

The whole thing stinks, but we knew it would come to this. Eventually, it always does. (See: Mike Modano.)

Trying to decide who looks worse here: The player demanding a trade from the only franchise he's ever known and who just made it to the World Series? Or the team that apparently has misled its long-time leader?

Bottom line: This is progress. If the Rangers still sucked, Young would still be one of their best, most indispensable players.

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.

 

Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.