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Michael Young Explains Trade Request, Says He's 'Been Misled'

Feb 8, 2011 – 12:10 PM
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Michael YoungAbout the only thing Michael Young and the Rangers can agree on right now is that he wants out of Texas. Rangers brass discussed the rapidly deteriorating situation between them and their longest-tenured player on a conference call with the media Monday and characterized Young's recent trade request as a "change of heart."

Young, who has likely watched his playing time decrease dramatically in recent weeks with Texas' signing of Adrian Beltre and trade for Mike Napoli, doesn't quite see things that way.

"The suggestion that I had a change of heart and asked for a trade is a manipulation of the truth," Young told FOXSports.com Monday. "I asked for a trade because I've been misled and manipulated and I'm sick of it.

"Other than that, I'm not going to reveal any details about how this process unfolded. It's not my nature to start blasting people publicly when I don't think it's necessary. I don't think it's fair or productive for anybody, particularly my teammates and coaching staff.

"But at the end of the day, I know the truth. And so does (Rangers GM Jon Daniels)."

The Beltre signing supplanted Young at third base, the position he has played for the last two seasons, but the Napoli trade is likely to cut into Young's playing time at the position he reluctantly accepted after the Beltre deal -- designated hitter -- should he remain in Texas.

"To suggest that there was just a couple of weeks off and I had a change of heart in terms of what position I wanted to play is inaccurate," Young said.

"I'll be the first to admit that I was not particularly keen on the idea of being a DH. But I did agree to do it. I wanted to put the team first. I wanted to be a Ranger. But in light of events that happened in the process, I got pushed into a corner one too many times. I couldn't take it anymore."

And so now he and the Rangers will pursue a trade. Consummating a deal, though, could be a tricky proposition. Not only is Young, 34, still due $48 million over the next three seasons, he's also got a no-trade clause that blocks a deal to all but eight teams through May 2011. Once May arrives, Young will have 10-and-5 rights and a complete no-trade clause.

The eight teams Young can not block a trade to, according to MLB.com, are the Cardinals, Yankees, Twins, Astros, Rockies, Dodgers, Angels and Padres. The Rangers told MLB.com that they are currently only discussing deals with those clubs.
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