The Lone Ranger

By Andy Atterbury
On February 10, 2011

  • Andy Atterbury. Tim Lester

Michael Young has been getting dumped for the prettier girl since 2004.

That is when he moved from second base to shortstop for Alfonso Soriano (who ended up being a lot prettier with the lights off…). Five years later he moved to third base so the 20-year old phenom Elvis Andrus could take over shortstop duties.

This offseason the Rangers signed third baseman Adrian Beltre and guess what happened: Michael Young was moved to utility infielder and designated hitter.

Believe it or not, Young was not thrilled by this decision and has asked to be traded this week: "I want to be traded because I've been misled and manipulated and I'm sick of it."

It is hard to blame the guy; he has been getting the runaround for over half a decade. It is not really a big deal though; he's only the Rangers' all-time hits leader.

The situation doesn't add up. Michael is a fan favorite, the unofficial team captain, a perennial all-star, won golden gloves, been moved around more than someone in the witness protection program, and time after time he's played ball – literally.  

He is also owed over 18 million for each of the next two years which makes him unattractive to many potential suitors. This might be the only thing that keeps him with Texas, but at this point it doesn't even seem like free hot dogs for life at Rangers Ballpark could keep him in Arlington. When, not if, he is traded, it is unlikely Texas will get much compensation.

Some people may argue that losing Young will not hurt the Rangers and that his statistics show he is not even worth the money. Stats are stats. Michael Young has been a leader of the team for years while other stars have come and gone (cough- A. Rod, Mark Teixeira-cough).

In these years of free agency it is uncommon for a player to stick with one team throughout their career, but every fan in Texas was hoping Michael would never leave.

No matter where Young goes hopefully Texas fans will still root for the man who played his heart out for the Rangers; unless he gets traded to the Yankees.

I have just received word that Michael Young has been traded to Baltimore for a washing machine and prospects to be named later.

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