They have had two more losing seasons since then and Young, frustrated by what was going on with the Rangers, wasn't inclined to do a long-term deal at the end of last season.But having Washington being named as the new manager has made a huge difference for Young, and he has become excited about the Rangers' direction again. "Every player is at least curious about becoming a free agent and finding out who wants you and how badly do they want you," Young said. "But it came down to me feeling that this team is ready to win. We've been through some rough times, but I think we're due to turn it around and I want to be a part of it. "If I had gone on and signed with another team and the Rangers ended up winning the World Series, my wife would kick me out of the house because I'd be miserable." Young is a three-time All-Star who won the American League batting title in 2005, hitting .331, and was the Most Valuable Player in the 2006 All-Star Game in Pittsburgh. He has 858 hits since the start of the 2003 season, second only to Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. He turned 30 in October and will be 37 at the end of the contract. The risk the Rangers take is Young remaining a productive player right to the end. "Absolutely, it's a leap of faith on their part," Young said. "They're showing that they believe in me and I appreciate that. The fact that I've been durable over the past four years may have alleviated any of their concerns, but I have no doubts in my mind that I'll be healthy and productive over the course of my career."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.