No easy fit for Young with Yankees

No easy fit for Young with Yankees

No easy fit for Young with Yankees
NEW YORK -- Michael Young named the Yankees among the eight teams he'd agree to be traded to, but there does not appear to be an easy fit for the Rangers infielder in the Bronx.

Young went public with his demand to be dealt by Texas on Monday, listing the following clubs as those he'd approve as a destination: Yankees, Angels, Astros, Cardinals, Dodgers, Padres, Rockies and Twins.

The catalyst for Young's move came when the Rangers signed free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre in early January, reluctantly bumping Young to a role as Texas' primary designated hitter and a super-utility infielder.

The Rangers said that after some reflection, Young was not comfortable with becoming a designated hitter at this point in his career. Young disputed that, saying that he had been "manipulated and misled" by Texas during the process.

If Young is looking for an opportunity to log 500 or more at-bats, the Yankees wouldn't seem like the place. New York does have the financial resources to absorb a player like Young, 34, who has three years and $48 million remaining on his contract.

But New York's priority at this point is adding starting pitching, with general manager Brian Cashman saying that the team's rotation is considered "incomplete," while promising to be on the lookout for choices that make sense.

Young would be an expensive luxury as a bench player for the Yankees, whose stacked infield seems to present no options for Young to break into the everyday lineup.

As talented as the five-time All-Star may be, owning a lifetime .300 average in 1,508 big league games, it is unlikely Young would be able to displace Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano or Mark Teixeira.

In addition, the Yankees have Jorge Posada transitioning to duty as their everyday designated hitter this year, having added Russell Martin as their starting catcher.

With Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher manning the outfield left to right, Young also doesn't seem to be a perfect fit there. He has never played the outfield in a Major League career that began in 2000.

The Rangers have said that their preference is still to keep Young, who also requested a trade two years ago when the team moved him to third base. If there is indeed a deal to be made, Texas may need to take on a large contract from an interested club.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.