Michael Young is headed to third base, albeit reluctantly. The five-time All-Star just completed a conference call with local beat writers to announce that it's time to get the controversy behind him and get ready to move from shortstop.
"After some careful consideration over the last month or so, and in an effort to not let this thing drag out and move forward at the task at hand -- which is winning baseball -- I've decided to put an end to this and start bearing down and playing third base."
He is no longer seeking a trade, and he wants to see first-hand if the Rangers can indeed become contenders with a young nucleus bubbling in the minor-leagues. He also regrets that the fans were forced to take sides between a player and the franchise, and he laments any questions that have been thrust upon his assumed replacement at shortstop, Elvis Andrus.
Young isn't expecting an easy transition to third base. He said he might as well be moving to left field. But he also said third base will be a challenge that will get his competitive fires going.
"In my heart, I'm a middle infielder," Young said. "I don't believe the team was really pursuing a trade. They were trying to get me to play third base. So, I didn't see much of a point in letting this thing drag on."
-- Jeff Wilson