Michael Young needs to go

The Rangers can no longer justify playing the veteran if they want to compete

Updated: November 15, 2012, 3:43 PM ET
By Paul Swydan | FanGraphs
Michael YoungAP Photo/Tony GutierrezYoung was once a fine player, but those days are long gone.

The longer someone sticks in one place, the more loyalty he or she will inevitably accrue. Given that Michael Young has worn a Texas Rangers uniform for 13 years, he has built up more loyalty than most. His versatility has a lot to do with that, even if he has only been begrudgingly versatile. In his time with Texas, he has moved from second base to shortstop to third base and finally to first base and designated hitter. But even if Josh Hamilton leaves in free agency, the ascension of Jurickson Profar, Leonys Martin and Mike Olt means there is no longer a logical place to move Young except off of Texas' roster entirely.


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