Theriot Haters Take Note
Michael Young is asking to be traded.
The so-called "Gold Glove" shortstop has been told (not asked) by Rangers management that he will play 3rd henceforth, in order to give his current position to a 20-year-old defensive whiz. In a typical display of player entitlement, Young figures that he has already changed positions once for the good of the team (moving in 2004 to short to enable the Rangers to play newly acquired Alfonso Soriano at second, and How YOU Doin'?), and he has had enough, it appears.
Whether you agree with Young's stance against the long-standing ineptitude by his current masters, or whether you think a man in the early stages of a $60MM contract should do what it takes, fact is, he plays shortstop. Fact is, many of us on this here site and elsewhere in Cub Fan Universe believe that our shortstop is in the need of an upgrade, upgraaaade, gimmegimmegimme an upgrade!
Fact is that the Rangers are pitching poor, as they have always been, and like the Rockies and anyone else that plays in a bandbox, the future success of the Rangers depends on the over-development of their pitching corps. Fact is that we have several pitching prospects of various levels, from the raw to the experienced, available for trade. And we would have even more if MacFail would ever quit playing with his Tinkertoys long enough to send us Garrett Olson for Felix Pie already.
Fact is that Young, like Jake Peavy, has a no-trade clause and has the right to dictate to the Rangers where he would like to go. Fact is, the North Side of Chicago is at the moment a Destination of Choice for many players, especially those who would like to play shortstop and see an incumbent with limited range and minimal pop in his bat, who would be better off at second base anyway.
Think about how swell it would be to see Young in the two-hole, and Aaron Miles stuck in a hole with Buffalo Bill handing him down lotion in a basket? I heart Michael Young, his latest stance aside, and I'm sure you all will tell me what YOU think, which of course is the purpose of this here portal-o-fun.
So, first Pie-for-Olson, then Olson, Hart, and one of the "DeRosa Prospects" for Young? Maybe two of the DeRosa Prospects, make Nolan Ryan feel like he's pulled a fast one on us? THIS would make me feel like the DeRosa trade was not in vain.
Of course, there's always the money. Come On Already, Sam Zell. SELL THIS EFFIN TEAM ALREADY, YOU WITHERED UP PUPSTICK!!! You're jackin' around with my mortality, you real-life Mr. Burns wanna-be. Give it to somebody who wants to win ballgames, and you can go back to doing what you do best, which is altering the size of the page of your newspapers in order to achieve maximum pleasure when you roll one up, rubber band it, then fenestrate yourself with it.