Peace out, Arlington
So, this has been teased for the past few months now, and I think the acquisition of Beltre pretty much pushed him over the edge. Michael Young is now saying he wants to be traded away from the Texas Rangers because he no longer trusts management. Management says that he has simply changed his mind and decided he no longer wants to accept the everyday DH role.
I can see this from both sides, and I can see both sides having at least some ground to stand on.
Michael Young is the face of the franchise. For the past 11 years, he’s been here, toiling through the Texas heat, through Hicks, through John Hart, through Buck, you name it. He’s maintained he wanted to be here, wanted to the the captain, wanted to be the face of the team. He was active in the local community (as active as Dallas would let him be…remember, no one knew who the Rangers were until about August of 2010?). He learned under A-Rod, moved for Elvis and never made a peep about being upset. The club finally turns the corner, makes the historic run, and he’s asked to step further back from the limelight and become a DH. Michael Young feels that the club has finally become what he hoped it would be, and now the club no longer wants him.
It’s like something out of a bad teen movie. Guys dates girl who isn’t that hot, but is really great to be around. Girl discovers the gym and fashion and makeup. Girl becomes really hot and leaves the guy for greener pastures. Guy feels heartbroken and left behind. Michael Young feels jilted and is looking to nip it in the bud and leave early.
The Rangers, however, don’t exactly feel like Young is what he used to be. He didn’t produce in the WS, and he was a liability at the hot corner. If the Rangers brass feel like they are going to stay a competitor, they feel like Young is a liability that his 200 hits a season doesn’t really balance out. It’s why they made the moves for Beltre and Napoli. Either Mike Young gets on board or they trade him for what he’s worth. Nolan Ryan and JD have proven that they’ll put the club in front of individual players every time. It’s why Lee isn’t here. It’s why CJ making outrageous demands next winter won’t be listened to. It’s taking a “team first” philosophy and putting it before the “player first” mentality.
As a fan, the question remains, what do we want to believe and see? Do we want to see and believe in the players that have been there for US for 11 years? Do we want to trust management that brought us *this* close to the promised land last year? Do you trust the man in the laundry or the laundry itself?