A week ago, Michael Young was demanding to be traded by the Texas Rangers, the only team he has ever played for at the Major League level.
He was quoted as saying that team management had "lied" to him, and "misled" him in regards to his role with the team after the offseason acquisitions of third baseman Adrian Beltre and designated hitter/first baseman Mike Napoli, two players who would seem to cut drastically into Young's chances for a regular role with the 2011 Rangers.
At the time, Texas brass had promised to explore potential trade options, which could appease the longest-tenured Ranger, while still protecting the best interests of the club.
Young had gone on the offensive, lambasting club officials in a very public manner, something which seemed wildly out of character for the usually reserved infielder. His demands through the media caught many off-guard and led many fans to side with the longtime Ranger fan-favorite.
Though we have yet to hear from the Rangers' front office in a direct response to Young's comments, his side of the story doesn't paint a pretty picture. His tales of lies, broken trust and underhanded dealings by the Texas front office present a sordid view of his situation with the Rangers, and the implications may reach well beyond the simple question of "who will DH for the current AL Champions in 2011"?
Whether he will be traded remains to be seen, although at this late juncture, it is appearing less likely.
No matter if he stays or goes, the Texas Rangers have run the risk of alienating one of their team leaders and a vital member of their franchise over the last decade.
Let 's take a look at some of the key reasons the Rangers might regret their handling of the Michael Young situation in Arlington.