Earlier Monday, the Rangers' front office confirmed for the media that veteran Michael Young had requested a trade. Later Monday, Young spoke with the media himself, and said some brutally honest things in explaining why he did what he did:
"Now, I think it's important to address the inaccurate portrayal that is being painted. The suggestion that I've simply had a change of heart and asked for a trade is a manipulation of the truth."
"I want to be traded because I've been misled and manipulated and I'm sick of it," Young added.
We don't know exactly why Young feels this way; neither he nor the organization are willing to talk about how things have unfolded. But it's clear that Young was less than thrilled about the acquisition of Adrian Beltre and the continued talk about how the Rangers were after another bat (that wound up being Mike Napoli). Young felt he was being disrespected, and so he wants out.
From here, we'll have to see how things develop. The Rangers will try to move Young, and they're willing to trade within the division provided the deal makes them better. However, one issue is that the team doesn't want to eat too much of Young's contract, and another issue is that Young can block trades to all but eight teams in the league. T.R. Sullivan has the group of teams not covered by Young's no-trade clause:
Sources have confirmed the following are the eight teams on Michael Young's list of where he is willing to go.
Young says he's only interested in joining one of those eight, so those are the teams with which the Rangers are dealing. The Rockies - long considered Young's most probable destination - are still in play.