GM: Michael Young trade unlikely
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday that he has met with Michael Young twice recently in camp to discuss the issues that have come between them this offseason and led to Young's request for a trade last month.
Daniels called the talks "productive" and took some responsibility for the wedge that came between the superstar and the general manager.
"I think in talking with Michael there were a lot of little things over the winter that were, just that, little things, but when looked at through one lens or another took on very different meaning," Daniels said. "I regret there wasn't better communication through that process where we could have avoided some of those misunderstandings. He was upset about certain things along the way that could have been handled differently."
Young said Thursday he "gives credit" to Daniels for initiating the dialogue. Young said Daniels initially approached him Wednesday, and that Young was the catalyst for the second meeting earlier Thursday.
"I laid out in detail what I was feeling, what my concerns were [and] gave him an opportunity to do the same," Young said. "That was pretty much it. I don't think there's any reason to go into detail about what we talked about. That's between us."
Daniels said he does not expect to trade Young this spring.
"Could something change? I'm not going to rule it out," Daniels said. "I do not anticipate a trade at this point."
For his part, Young would not talk about anything trade-related, including whether he's rescinded his trade request.
"Anytime you sit down with somebody when there's a problem or issue and are able to air things out face-to-face, that's always productive as opposed to the alternative of not doing anything," Young said.
Daniels said he felt much of the criticism aimed at Young in the last month was unfair.
"It created a situation that fans, media, other people within the organization were almost taking sides when it never should have been that way," Daniels said. "We both want the same thing, which is for the Rangers to win. Through that process, I think Michael took a lot of shots that from our perspective weren't necessary.
"There were questions about him that were really a result of decisions we had made. I feel very good about decisions we made as an organization. We like the way the club sets up, but hate the way it played out, especially with some of the borderline personal shots that Michael took. ... I take my share of the responsibility for that."
Young had said just prior to spring training that he felt "manipulated and misled" by the organization and demanded a trade. Young has a partial no-trade clause, which includes eight teams he can be traded to without his consent. But in mid-May he will have 10-5 rights and can veto any deal.
The Rangers had said that they would honor Young's request and have talked to teams about him. But they want fair value in return and few teams are willing to take on a large portion of the $48 million remaining on his three-year contract.
Young said when he reported that he would not be a distraction, and he hasn't been. Young has gone about his business of preparing for the season. He still doesn't consider himself a designated hitter but is getting ready for a season in which he's supposed to get most of his at-bats at DH and will play the field some in a super-utility role. Going into Thursday night's game, Young was hitting .341 with six RBIs.
Richard Durrett covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.