Michael Young still undecided on retirement

Harry How

The 37-year-old infielder is a "safe bet" to return to the Dodgers if he decides not to retire.

Fourteen-year veteran infielder Michael Young remains undecided on whether he will retire or continue his career next season, as Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports. If Young chooses to play next season, it's a "safe bet" he'd return to the Dodgers.

Before he was traded to the Dodgers last season, Young played for the Phillies to start 2013 and the Rangers from 2000 to 2012. In nearly 2,000 career games, he has batted .300/.346/.441 with over 2,300 hits, a Gold Glove, and seven All-Star appearances, with each of the seven coming with the Rangers.

Young, 37, has struggled to provide positive contributions over the last several seasons due to diminished range defensively, and a sharp decline in extra base hits.

He still managed to appear in 147 games last season for the Phillies and Dodgers, but a utility role would likely be his only opportunity with the Dodgers unless a regular infielder goes down for an extended period of time. However, the team is expected to start Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero at second base, and if he struggles, Young could fill in if he returns.

After spending the majority of his career in Texas, Young could consider returning to the club in order to retire a Ranger. Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram recently reported that Texas general manager Jon Daniels would like his team to be a part of Young's retirement announcement.

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