Before the start of the 2009 season, Michael Young wanted out of Texas. He later rescinded his request and offered to move to 3B to make room for Elvis Andrus.
Now he wants out again and it doesn’t sound like he’ll be talked out of it this time around.
In a situation like this, it’s hard to say exactly what has happened and who has said what, but the relationship between Young and the Rangers has deteriorated rapidly, more so than anybody could have anticipated.
This apparently has been building for a week at the very least, but perhaps for much longer. It was a week ago that Young requested a trade, but now he says it wasn’t that he suddenly had a change of heart, which is what the team has said outright.
My guess is that Young looked at the situation as a whole and started to feel unwanted. Perhaps his ego has been bruised one too many times. Or maybe he’s tired of looking out for everyone else. Maybe it’s time to look out for Michael Young.
Whatever it is that led us to this point, it isn’t going to get any easier from here on out.
Against everything we thought we knew about him, Young has publicly gone on the offensive, specifically calling out Jon Daniels [his General Manager].
Rosenthal and [local beat writer] Evan Grant have reported that Young feels he’s been ‘misled and manipulated’. How exactly remains a mystery, as he refuses to elaborate.
But commenting was a misstep for Young, I think. When it was first reported that he wanted a trade, I saw a lot of people taking up for him. In choosing sides, most people chose his because he has the reputation of being nothing but a team player who keeps getting jerked around.
Now perceptions are changing. Young will make almost $50,000,000 in the next 3 years and to say he is ‘sick of [his situation]’ doesn’t sit well with a lot of people. He’s coming off as petulant and over-paid, quite frankly.
It’s hard to say right now whether I’m Team Jon or Team Michael because there’s a lot to this that no one outside of the organization knows.
But what we do know is that this is ugly and getting uglier. There are a lot of moving parts to any deal, including Young’s sizable contract and the limited number of teams that he can be traded to.
Now that Young is going after club officials, it seems unlikely that fences can be mended. He’s fired a shot, which he’s never been known to do. His time in Texas must be over.