Despite helping to lead the Texas Rangers to their first ever World Series last season, All-Star Michael Young has demanded a trade.
The Rangers signed third baseman Adrian Beltre this offseason and are committed to using youngster Mitch Moreland at first base.The team also acquired Mike Napoli to DH since they also signed Yorvit Torrealba to do the catching.
That relegates Young to a limited DH role, one he is unwilling to accept.
It's interesting that the Rangers have gone this route. Young hit .284 with 21 HR and 91 RBI last season and is the team's leader in the clubhouse.
He is also the all-time leader in franchise history in hits with 1,848 and spent his entire 11-year career in Arlington.
The 34-year-old is still very versatile, with an ability to play all the infield positions and DH on occasion.
He feels his skills are still good enough to be an everyday player. Though there are not many starting jobs available heading into spring training, Young's track record could allow a team to accommodate his needs.
The problem is Young's salary. He is set to make $16 million this season, so many teams have balked at that price. A possible trade would have to include Texas eating some of that contract.
Here are 10 teams that that would benefit from adding Young to the lineup.