No one needs to worry that Michael Young would be upset with the Rangers signing Adrian Beltre. Young said he's willing to move to designated hitter if the Rangers sign the free agrent, who also plays third base.
"My motivation is to play for a winning team and to be extremely productive. And I want to do that with the Rangers," Young said. "If I've got to get the majority of my 700 plate appearances as a DH, that's what I've got to do."
He said he had a brief conversation with general manager Jon Daniels that was left somewhat open-ended. They discussed a role in which manager Ron Washington would attempt to get Young on the field as much as possible, though Young said playing first base was not discussed.
A source said that Daniels was in negotiations with Beltre agent Scott Boras late into Monday evening, and there is a level of confidence that a deal could be struck. Beltre turned down an offer of five years and $70 million from the Angels earlier this off-season, and two reports Sunday night said the Rangers had offered six years and at more than $90 million.
Those reports, though, were turned away by a baseball source.
-- Jeff Wilson