SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Rangers infielder Michael Young is on his way to Spring Training. "We have been told that he is coming to camp and we're expecting him tomorrow," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Friday. Rangers position players officially report on Saturday and the first full-squad workout is on Sunday. Young will be there with the rest of the team.
This does not mean that his situation has been totally resolved. Sources said the Rangers are still talking to other teams about a trade, although nothing is imminent. Daniels declined to comment on that and said the Rangers will address the situation on Saturday. Young has not been available for comment since going public with his trade request two weeks ago but will likely address the media upon his arrival. Young has asked the Rangers to trade him and has a list of approved teams: Rockies, Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Yankees, Cardinals, Twins and Astros. The Rangers have been talking to those teams and others but have not made much, if any, progress. The biggest obstacle is still that Young is owed $48 million over the next three years. Young is entering his 11th full season with the Rangers. The last two were as their third baseman but that changed on Jan. 5 when the Rangers signed free-agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. At the time, Young was asked to move to designated hitter. He was reluctant at first but publicly agreed to the switch. He has since asked the Rangers to trade him and there are still unresolved issues between the player and the club. There are obviously hard feelings on Young's part about the whole way in which the situation was handled, especially when their differences started becoming public. Two years ago Young was unhappy that the Rangers asked him to switch from shortstop, where he had just won a Gold Glove, to third base. He also asked for a trade back then as well. The Rangers tried, were not able to work out a deal and eventually Young agreed to the switch. He was also able to reconcile his differences with the organization. The Rangers and Young have yet to do that in this situation. But he will be in camp this weekend.
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