The Rangers would be willing to trade Young within the AL West, but only if the deal helps improve the team. The Rangers sent Justin Smoak and three other prospects to Seattle in July for Cliff Lee and Mark Lowe. The Angels would make sense as a desirable destination for Young, who grew up near Anaheim, but it isn't clear if the Angels are one of the eight teams he would willing go to. Colorado, a source confirmed, is one of the eight.
Young has told the Rangers that he is not interested in expanding his list past eight teams.
Young informed the Rangers of his desire to be traded during the weekend of Jan. 27-30. Vladimir Guerrero was still on the free-agent market. He's gone now, to Baltimore, and there are no viable free agents remaining who could offer as much production as Young.
Nolan Ryan said that he attempted to convince Young that becoming a DH wouldn't damage his changes at a long, productive career, which is Young's top concern. Said Ryan: "I expressed to Michael my feelings about our ballclub and about the role that he would play and the numbers of at-bats he would get, and tried to assure him that from a career perspective that I didn't think this was a step down. But I think Michael's feeling is that once you go to DH, you are considered a DH throughout baseball."
Josh Hamilton said this afternoon that he spoke to Young about the situation. Young relayed that he isn't sure if he will be traded. The Rangers are seeking a fair deal and aren't too interested in absorbing much of the $48 million remaining on Young's contract.
-- Jeff Wilson