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.