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Ok so I was perusing some articles from this weekend that I had missed and I came across Jeff Wilson's article about the MY press conference. Toward the end of the article I found what may ultimately be the solution to this situation with MY.
"Young even said that he would give the outfield a shot if asked to do so by Washington if it helps the Rangers defend their American League crown"
I know Young hasn't played OF since college, and I don't know how much he played it there, but if MY could play LF it would give this team crazy depth. I know you can't just "plug a player in any position" but players have transitioned to the OF this late in their careers before. Having a RH hitter playing LF is could make us that much more deadly against LHP. Napoli could DH and MM would face the majority of LHP instead of Borbon.I know it is a long shot, but if it happens it could be just the answer we need.
I've thought about the OF for a while. ALthough MY has lost that first quick-step, he's still got decent footspeed on the basepaths, so that translates to a decently mobile guy in the OF. He'll be no Tori Hunter, but he won't be Manny Ramirez either.
I know Young is young enough to play LF. But with Cruz a FAR superior RF and Hamilton a MUCH better LF than Young could be, there really isn't room for Young in the OF.
I know we could slide Josh to CF, but the whole reason for Borbon or Murphy to play CF was to spare Hamilton from running so much (especially into the wall). And I have a hard time believing that MY would be a better CF than either Borbon or Murphy. MY seems to be a significant upgrade over Borbon at the plate. But Murphy was actually a better hitter than MY last year (115 OPS vs 105). When you consider the lineup will face a lot more RHPs than LHPs, you have to think about how much better a hitter Murphy was against RHPs than MY was:
Murphy vs RHP: 342 PA, .298 BA, .368 OBP, .479 SLG for an ops of .842MY vs RHP: 485 PA, .270, .314, .425 for an ops of .739
Yes, Murhpy played less, but he was SIGNIFICANTLY better and has a much better contract.
I don't mind trying Young in the OF, but it's not like he is an upgrade over what Texas has there now unless you platoon him against LHPs. And I am convinced that a move to the OF would distract him so I would expect his performance at the plate to go down.
MY would only be used in the OF against LHP where you would sit Borbon anyway. Hamilton is going to have to play some CF this year because Borbon struggles so much against lefties. An area of weakness on this team is we only have 1 RH hitting outfielder. Finding a way for both Napoli and MY to play against lefties is in the best interest of this team.
This does make a lot of sense. And not only given the particulars of Texas' lineup, but because his bat and glove might both still play reasonably well in LF/RF league-wide. The problem really is those vsRHP numbers. 485 PA, .270, .314, .425 for an ops of .739. He should really not be on the field at all against RHP. And that will cause him to be unhappy, causing him to pitch another fit, and demand a trade again, etc.
I'm thinking he ought to get out on the diamond and see if he can beat out Mitch Moreland for the everyday 1st base job. Murphy hits RHP better than he does ... and Napoli hits LHP better than he does so he really shouldn't get the DH job by default.
Plus ... Mitch wouln't whine to the media either.
It may make sense to rest Borbon against tough lefties (or even some that aren't tough...). And it makes sense to get Young some time in the OF. But you're not solving the situation. If you're going to play Moreland anyway, just put him in the OF because he's played there, put Napoli/Young at 1B/DH (not sure which one is a better 1B...probably Napoli now...perhaps Young after some work). That way you don't have to "force" Young to play OF (even though it's in both his and the the team's best interest for him to be able to do it).
@cardhorn ... I'd poll the TEX pitching staff who they would prefer in the OF ... Borbon or Moreland in the OF ... and Moreland or Young at 1b. TEX has 4 outfielders and don't need Young as #5 any more than they needed Vlad as #5. Better place for Young to be playing at this stage of his career is 'Milwaukee'.
@windingmywatch...Of course the pitchers would rather have Borbon in the OF than Moreland. But you have to counter that with the question of whether Moreland's bat give us a better chance to win than Borbon's. Against LH pitching, it's arguable. If you let pitchers submit the lineup, you'd have Blanco playing every day (assuming they don't care about wins and losses).
My post was an argument AGAINST Young in the OF when you can put Moreland out there and still keep both Young's and Napoli's bat in the lineup against lefties.
My post was also an argument that Young COULD play OF, and it could help our team in late-inning/injury situations. But if we told him to get an outfielder's glove...who knows how he would handle it?
I'd be willing to bet that your D would be better with Moreland or Napoli at 1B and Young at a COF spot than with Young/Napoli at 1B and Moreland at a COF spot. Young has the skills to be a plus defensive LF, in my opinion. The issue to me is still that vs RHP there is no reasonable argument for starting Young on a regular basis over Murphy.
@Scooby Dude...I spent a few weeks worrying about Young playing over Murphy. I have now, sadly, given up on that. Wash is going to play Young almost every day, even against RH pitching, and he's most likely going to hit him second. It sucks, but that's the way it is. If there's ANY consolation (albeit a very small one), it's kind of nice to have Napoli AND Murphy ready to come off the bench late in those games (probably for Borbon, Catcher, or perhaps even for Andrus in a spot where we need an extra base hit).
@cardhorn ... (from my post on a similar topic on the TEX ESPN board):
We shouldn't compare Blanco and Young. They have different roles on this team this season ... just like they did last season. However, too many undersell Blanco's offensive quality given the limited UIF play. Regular playing time has everything to do with the difference. Players that play regularly have a huge advantage over guys who don't. Here are the numbers...
Despite having four times the ABs (656ABs to 166ABs) ... Young's performance was near identical when compared to Blanco's. Young's BA was only .007 higher (.284 vs .277) ... and their OBP was identical (.330). You would think that given his regular play that Young who only had five games off all season and only once had two games off ... would have shown averages much higher than Blanco who only played in 68 games ... and sat once for 13 games and once for 12 games without appearing on the field.
I'd far prefer to see Blanco at 2nd, SS, or 3rd whenever the regular is out ... and if Moreland is out then Napoli is the only legitimate choice. Could Young play LF ... probably ... without exposing too much risk ... but it would only be against LHP because against RHP he's not effective at all. Such a move would move Hamilton to DH or CF ... the former perhaps an advantage but not the latter.
So ... other than at DH where he is inferior to a platoon of Napoli and Murphy ... I don't know where Young ought to play.... maybe in Milwaukee.
regarding Blanco, you conveniently left out the SLG% comparison between he and Young:
Young in 2010: .444Blanco in 2010: .349
2010 was a career year for Blanco and he had an OPS of .679. He is an ok utility infielder, but offensively, he is a 27-year-old who has a career OPS of .638
MY isn't a superstar, but he produced a .892 OPS two years ago and despite a down year, had an OPS in 2010 of .774 (.136 points higher than Blanco).
I don't know if Young can return to his 2009 form...but he is a much better player than Blanco. Despite Young's salary, having him on the roster in case of a serious injury to Beltre/Kinsler/Moreland is a luxury that most teams don't have.
The problem is that despit producing an overall OPS .136 points better than Blanco, vsRHP Young and Blanco both OPSed an identical .739. And of course, you would like to rest Kinsler, Andrus, and Beltre against RHP, because that is the weaker matchup for all 3.
Also, I don't think it's at all fair to describe 2010 as Blanco's career year while calling it a down year for Young. Down from 2009? Absolutely. But 2010 was on par with Young's 2006-2008 numbers, and he's a 34-year-old player on the decline. I think a more accurate statement would be that 2009 was an up year for Young, out of line with expectations.
As for Blanco, was 2010 a "career year", or a 26-year-old given his most regular playing time ever and starting to find his groove? 26-30 is the prime age range in the typical player's career. And Blanco's career numbers are hurt substantially by the fact that his glove earned him a ML spot before his bat was ready. I believe he was just 22 when he debuted in the majors. Blanco could be a player on the upswing in his career.
I didn't want to compare Blanco and Young. We were comparing the Borbon/Moreland alignment versus a possible Moreland/Napoli or Young alignment. I was only saying that if defense were all that mattered, Blanco would probably play every day and Kinsler would probably be a bench player (I guess...no knock on Kinsler as his defense has improved greatly). The "Who shoud be the utility infielder?" discussion is a different discussion altogether.
Which I am glad we have begun. I, too, am a fan of Blanco's, and if Kinsler or Beltre go out for an extended period of time, I would hope that Blanco would get at least 1/3 of the starts (with Young getting the other 2/3) (though I'm guessing Young would get more than that). But for the occasional rest day for Beltre/Kinsler, I guess I'd go with Young. Does Blanco deserve more than that? Perhaps, but he's going to have to keep proving it. He did look great from the left side of the plate for the last few months of the season (right side...another story), but that was just a few months of limited playing time.
@utb ... First ... season long stats aren't a good measure when one player gets 656ABs in 157 games and the other only gets 166ABs in 68 games.
Second ... while Young was in the 3b power position and a SLG comparison amongst other 3bmen the UIF position is not a power position and there is no reason to expect a high SLG. With due respect to Kinsler ... the 2b position is not a power position either so comparing Young head to head Blanco should be based on OBP primarily with SLG secondary.
In an attempt to level the playing field I compared performance for Aug 2010 when Young and Blanco were every day performers. This eliminates the problem of having to correct for the inequal number of appearances over the entire season.
For Aug 10: Blanco 21H for 66AB (318 .319 .455 .773) Young 27H for 110AB (45 .267 .409 .676)
@cardhorn ... As for Young in LF ... the only way I would support that would be in order to move Hamilton to DH with Borbon remaining in CF. Any move that puts Hamilton in CF solely to get Young ABs and at a position with a glove on his hand works to TEX detriment.
For Aug 10:
Blanco 21H for 66AB (.318 .319 .455 .773) ... in 21 gamesYoung 27H for 110AB (.245 .267 .409 .676)... in 26 games
Sorry for the error posting the lines above.
If giving Young at bats actually detracts from the team by removing at bats that are statistically better options, his contract is such a monster, Wash is going to play him every day when he shouldn't and will also put him in the number 2 slot then why don't the Rangers just release Young?If Young really does have the ego that many posters on this site seem to be suggesting I doubt he would opt to not play a season purely out of spite since he's going to be trying for his spot in Hall - not to imply that he has much chance of obtaining a spot in the hall but I'm sure he sees it differently if he is a prima donna.
If it's true that he has generated so much interest some team is bound to pick him up and if so doesn't that release the Ranger's obligation to pay him? Maybe I'm wrong on that (which of course makes this post meaningless) but if not then doing so would free up $16 million (or is it really $14) which could then be used for a trade. For example, pick up Blanton's contract if the Phillies would be willing to trade him for a lower level prospect if the Rangers were willing to take on his entire contract.
Is this an unreasonable option for the Rangers?
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