Michael Young willing to DH.
The implications of
this whole Adrian Beltre/Michael Young thing already had my head ready to
explode the last two days, and now there’s this, in the last few minutes from
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News:
infielder Michael Young said Monday night he is willing to move positions for the
second time in three years and the third time since 2004 if it helps the
Rangers land Adrian Beltre.
returning from a 10-day trip to California, Young acknowledged that Rangers
officials reached out to him in the last couple of days to ask him about moving
to DH if the club landed Beltre.
do what I have to do to stay on this team,” Young said. “I’m happy to be here and proud to be part of
this team. I want to stay a part of it. If it means getting the bulk of my at-bats as
the DH, then that’s what I’ll do.”
Rangers have proposed to Young the possibility of moving into a DH/super
utility player role that would allow the club to get Beltre, while also
allowing him to play several infield positions in addition to DH duties. Young began his major league career with three
years at second, then spent five years at short and the last two at third. He is the only player in history to start at
least 130 games in a season at second, third and short.
Sullivan has weighed in as well (noting “Young’s willingness to accommodate
the team could pave the way for a deal for Beltre”), as have Jeff
Wilson (Young: “My motivation is to play for a winning team and to be
extremely productive. And I want to do
that with the Rangers.”) and Richard
Durrett (Young: “I want to do what’s best for a winning team. That’s always been the case and it always
will be. I’m willing to do what I need
to do to help this team.”).
It’s never boring with this team.