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IFallsRon

Next Twins SS?

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Texas Rangers shortstop Michael Young has asked for a trade after he was told the club wanted him to move to third base this season to make room for 20-year-old shortstop prospect Elvis Andrus.

"I'm not playing third base," Young said. "I'm pretty adamant about my stance. I told them I wanted to be traded.

"The biggest misconception is that I was asked to move to third base. I was never asked. I was flat out told. I was told I was playing third base. I felt that I had absolutely no say. I don't feel like there was any discussion or dialogue about the matter."

Young is under contract through 2013 for about $60 million. He has a full no-trade clause through 2009 but said he's given the Rangers a list of teams to which he would accept a trade.

"At this point in my career, I didn't think it was fair to move," said Young, who has played eight innings at third base, all in 2002. "I reached out to teammates and former teammates and veterans to get their thoughts, and everyone supported me. All I've ever done is think about the team and do what's best by them. But at the same time, when it comes to long-term commitment and respect factor, it should be a two-way street."

General manager Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington met with Young shortly after the winter meetings in mid-December to tell him of their decision. Daniels said he's exploring trades.

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B. Amish

I'd like to see it. Seems like a good fit. Athough he's one of those guys whose numbers have dipped from a few years ago.

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pinkfloyd4ever

maybe if he would take a total of 6 million vs the 60 million. wink

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C_TRAIN

NO THANKS!!!!!! His numbers have taken a big decrease over the last cuple of years and he is is no longer player who singed that huge contract.

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maros91

Great professional hitter. Has played no less than 155 games the last 6 years. Hit .284 with 12 HR and 82 RBI. He could hit you between 15-20 HR and drive in close to 100 runs. Stick him in the middle of Mauer and Morneau. He is 32 years old also and is owed $60 million over the next 4 years. I don't see it happening unless the Rangers eat about half of his salary.

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hartner62

He doesn't sound like the type of attitude we need on the Twins. For 60 million you should do what ever they ask of you.

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Rippinlip

Any talk about Joe Crede still?

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norwall

Young will never be here due to the 60mil. n Crede is not healthy enough as he has back problems but is supposed to be testing it soon. SS will be awarded to nonother than 1 Nick Punto im sure as they just over pd him 8 mil over 2 yrs n has alread been named the starter,Unless they find an aging vetern 3rd baseman for cheap like they always do.MY guess Buscher will be at 3rd

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mrklean

60 mill yea right the twins year right

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jigging-matt

I think he would make a great Twin, but wonder If we are even on his list. I wouldn't worry about the attitude, Sounds like the Rangers are not worried about Young and how he feels about a position switch. Just won a gold glove, Wishing, but not to optimisic.

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wingnut38

espn is saying that young has agreed to move to third.

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