Shortstop Michael Young had these things to say in response to news that the Rangers have asked him to move to third base. Read closely. Very interesting. He knows that position changes happen, especially at shortstop, and that there have been whispers about him moving. But he didn't expect it for 2009, especially after winning a Gold Glove in 2008.
On his reaction: "It was shocking, to be honest with you. One thing that deserves to be noted is it wasn’t a request. It was them telling me what was going to happen. That was a fine line that I thought had been crossed."
On the December meeting with general manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington: "After a while, I asked them, 'What’s going on here?' At that point, they said I’m a third baseman. If I’m going to have a career with the Rangers, it’s going to be as a third baseman."
“I didn’t think that was a stance that was going to be taken. I didn’t think it was something that was going to be such a hard line. I was disappointed with the way things went, and as a result, here we are."
On what has happened since the meeting: "I did have a conversation with [team president] Nolan [Ryan] a few days ago, and it went very well. Nolan’s call was just to see just where I was at. But the team’s stance was ... their stance hasn’t changed, and neither has mine."
"I sought out some of my teammates, some of my former teammates, people I know in the game and respect, and everybody encouraged the stance I was going to take and said I was doing the right thing."
On what he believes will happen: "I don’t know. Time will tell. They have their stance, and they have mine. We’ll see. It's gotten to be difficult. I’ve earned my job. I feel like all I’ve been my career, and will continue to be, is a team player. That’s what I want to do. But at the same time, a team player, it has to be a give and take with the player. It has to be that everyone’s best interest is at heart.
"I really don’t know. The ball is in their court right now. Tomorrow, I’m going to wake up, I’m going to do my workouts, I’m going to go get ready to play winning baseball. As far as what happens at spring training time will tell." -- Jeff Wilson
"I really don’t know. The ball is in their court right now. Tomorrow, I’m going to wake up, I’m going to do my workouts, I’m going to go get ready to play winning baseball. As far as what happens at spring training time will tell."
-- Jeff Wilson