Michael Young of the defending American League champion Texas Rangers will not be in Texas much longer if he has any choice in the matter. Young, growing disillusioned with his diminished role after the Rangers' offseason moves, has requested a trade from Texas. The Angels and Dodgers are two of the eight teams on Young's list of teams to which he is willing to go, wrote T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com.
Young hit .284/.330/.444, with 36 doubles, 21 home runs, 91 RBI, and a 105 OPS+ in 2010 while playing third base for the Rangers. However, the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre to a five-year contract this winter, which moved Young into a designated hitter or super utility type of role. Young moved off shortstop before the 2009 season to accommodate rookie Elvis Andrus, a superior defender at the position. Two position changes in three years, coupled with Texas later acquiring Mike Napoli to split time at DH, were too much for Young. Per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:
"The suggestion that I had a change of heart and asked for a trade is a manipulation of the truth," Young said. "I asked for a trade because I’ve been misled and manipulated and I’m sick of it.
What limits the trade market for the Rangers is that Young is due $48 million over the next three years. If Texas wants any kind of return for Young, they will have to eat a significant portion of Young's salary. Then again, the Angels absorbed $81 million of the $86 million due Vernon Wells over the next four years, and gave up two major league players in return, so anything is possible. The Dodgers' payroll for 2011 is already at $110 million, including deferred salaries, which all but eliminates them from acquiring Young.