GM prepared to keep Michael Young
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he continues to pursue trade opportunities for Michael Young, but is also preparing for the possibility of Young being a Ranger when full-squad workouts begin Feb. 20.
A source said the club doesn't expect to find a suitable deal by the time Young is scheduled to report.
Daniels added that if a trade occurs, it would likely be before the club's first full squad workout in Arizona in 10 days. Daniels added that he wouldn't put a deadline on it.
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The GM didn't want to comment on Young's quotes in the media this week. Among other things, Young said he was "manipulated and misled" by the club and that was why he asked for a trade. Asked if the club and Young could resolve things if the slugger isn't traded, Daniels said: "I would hope so."
"We will walk down the path and see if there's something that can satisfy all parties," Daniels said. "If not, we'll put the club together with the idea of Michael playing a key role on the team and we're still prepared for that."
The club is still working on the list of eight teams that Young can be traded to per his contract. Daniels wouldn't comment on whether teams not on the list of eight have contacted the Rangers, but ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reported Wednesday that the Phillies, who aren't on the list, had inquired briefly about Young and that talks aren't active.
Daniels said it was too early to speculate on how the whole process might play out.
"Nobody comes out looking good," Daniels said. "A valued member of the team is unhappy and I think at this point the less said the better."
The difficulty in dealing Young is that he has three years and $48 million left on his contract and a limited no-trade clause that at this point limits the Rangers to deal with the Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals.
Young told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark on Monday that he would consider expanding the list on "case-by-case basis" if necessary.
The Rangers have said all along they want value in return for Young. That means a team taking on a large portion of Young's contract and sending talent to Texas.
Many teams have their rosters set and have made most of their financial commitments as they prepare to report for spring training next week.
Young batted .284 with 21 homers and 91 RBIs in 157 games last year for a Rangers club that won the American League and appeared in the franchise's first World Series. When Texas signed free-agent Adrian Beltre, the club planned to move Young into the fulltime designated hitter role and utilize him as a super-utility infielder.
That remains the plan if a trade can't be executed.
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.