Michael Young has asked to be traded after being asked to move from shortstop to third base. Playing Chris Davis at third and Hank Blalock at first, as was the situation for the final five weeks of last season, isn't an option, according to general manager Jon Daniels.
Here are the options: trade Young, hope Young agrees to move to the hot corner, or let him stay at shortstop and don't rush heir-apparent Elvis Andrus.
A trade would almost certainly have to produce a quality starting pitcher. The money the trade would save the Rangers could be used to sign a free-agent third baseman (Joe Crede) and maybe have some left over for more pitching.
Putting Young at third base could lead to some unsteady play on that side of the infield. Young could encounter some issues as he learns the position, and Andrus has shown that he will boot the occasional ball.
The Rangers don't lose much if they let Young stay at shortstop and let him get used to the idea of moving for 2010. That would allow Andrus, who has never played above Double A, to see better pitching at Triple A and continue to hone his defense. If Andrus is doing well in say, July If 2010 is the season Daniels expects the Rangers to first contend, what's the rush?
A. Trade Young.
B. Hope he happily moves to third.
C. Keep him at shortstop and keep Andrus in the minors.
-- Jeff Wilson