Michael Young Asked For Trade Out Of Texas

Patrick McClainContributor IJanuary 11, 2009

Last month, Texas Rangers shortstop Michael Young asked to be traded out of Texas after the team asked him to move to third base.

With Elvis Andrus projected to be a better defensive shortstop than Young, it makes sense for Young to move to third base.

Young did, however, just win a Golden Glove at the position in 2008.  It might be a little insulting to ask him to move positions—again.

In 2001, the Rangers converted Young into a second basemen to make room for Alex Rodriguez.  Then again, in the 2003-2004 offseason, they moved Young back to shortstop after Texas swapped Alex Rodriguez for Alfonso Soriano (then a 2B).

Young is still very capable of playing quality SS, but is his price tag too high for teams to go after him?  Michael is owed $80 million over five5 seasons (through age 37). 

In order to trade Young, the Rangers would likely have to take on another bad contract.