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March 24, 2011

Rangers GM Jon Daniels, Michael Young clear the air

General manager Jon Daniels and six-time All-Star Michael Young have met twice this spring to address the differences that led to Young requesting a trade only two weeks before the first full-squad workout of spring training.

Young was not immediately available for comment, as the clubhouse was closed while players prepared for tonight's game, but he was aware that Daniels was going to speak to the media about the meetings. Daniels said his reason for going public was, in part, to correct any doubts that emerged about Young and his commitment to the Rangers. Also, Daniels said that the rift led some around and within the organization to take sides.

"It created a situation where fans, media and other people in the organization were almost taking sides," Daniels said. "It should have never been that way. We both want the same thing, for the Rangers to win. Through that process, I think Michael took a lot of shots from the media and fan base that from my perspective weren't necessary."

Daniels said that Young has a full understanding of where things stand as far as the Rangers' attempts to trade him. Daniels did not say if Young still wanted to be traded, but Daniels does not expect that Young will be dealt.

"Could something change? I'm not going rule it out," Daniels said. "But I do not anticipate a trade." 

-- Jeff Wilson



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