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Rangers Young will be tough to trade

By jcfortun Published: January 12, 2009

Texas Rangers short stop Michael Young was recently asked to move from his position of shortstop to third base in order to make room for super prospect Elvis Andrus, who was acquired from the Atlanta Braves in the Mark Texiera trade.

How did Young respond? By asking for a trade, reports MLB.com.

Young has been an all-star every year since moving to shortstop in (2004) and even won a Gold Glove in 2008.

So, what does the trade market look like for a Gold glove winner who is a career .300 hitter with a career OPS of .788? Not very good.

ESPN’s Buster Olney says that Young is nearly untradeable. He cites his age (32), declining ability and, most importantly, his high salary ($16 million per for the next five years).

Olney’s co-worker, Rob Neyer, calls the entire situation foolish.

According to Mike Hindman, of the Dallas Morning News, young’s numbers have been in decline for the past three seasons and his best day are behind him. Hindman also references Bill James range rating system and John Dewan’s fielding bible to say that, despite winning the Gold Glove, young is in the bottom tier of fielding shortstops.

Rangers General manager Jon Daniels expects Young to be with the team this season, according to MLB.com. The story also does a nice job of breaking down his trade market.

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