1. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Michael Young informed the Rangers last week that he doesn't want to be a full-time designated hitter anymore (apparently out of fear that accepting such a role would impede his ability to secure a spot in the infield when he hits free agency after the 2013 season), and asked to be traded; however, Wilson's sources suggest Texas won't make a deal unless it improves the club.
The big questions to be answered: (a) what should happen here, and (b) what will happen here?
2. In light of these most recent revelations, what is your revised and/or current perception of Young? Is he smart to be looking out for his best interests, selfish in that he's putting the Rangers in a difficult bind, or some combination of the two? And if the Rangers elect not to trade Young (against his wishes), how concerned do you become that his oft-lauded intangible qualities could turn sour in a hurry?
3. Pick either 'over' or 'under' on each of these four newly released (and first-revision) 2011 PECOTA projections: Elvis Andrus [.266/.323/.340], Julio Borbon [.276/.314/.364], Mitch Moreland [.272/.340/.442], and Michael Young [.283/.336/.419].
4. Assume that Young is dealt for prospects/table scraps/pitching, or any other return that doesn't net an immediate impact for the lineup. With Young no longer occupying the two-hole for 140-plus games, how do you set up your new lineups against lefties and righties?
5. You're in charge of selecting the halftime entertainment for Super Bowl XLVI next February, and hold ultimate authority over the decision (and therefore cannot be vetoed/overruled). Who are you picking, knowing that going too esoteric with your selection will probably get you fired? If you don't like that question, you can slam Christina Aguilera and the Black Eyed Peas or something instead.