And so it turns out that the Michael-Young-is-forcing-his-way-out theory I presented Sunday morning struck far closer to the truth than what some -- including myself -- wanted to believe, as this story has gone full-fledged nuclear in the last 24 hours, and appears to be careening towards the dissolution of a decade-long marriage between the Rangers and their putative face of the franchise. Here's the current scorecard, as of 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning:
● The Rangers confirmed during a Monday afternoon conference call that Young had officially requested a trade (due to Young's perception that accepting a full-time designated hitter role would adversely affect his future earning potential), but emphasized that they were still hoping to mend fences, and suggested that they would only pull the trigger on a deal if it improved the 2011 ballclub; one question that was not answered was what would happen if Young remained angry with the ballclub, but was also not traded (T.R. Sullivan, MLB.com)
● Late Monday evening, Young went on the defensive, telling FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal: "The suggestion that I had a change of heart and asked for a trade is a manipulation of the truth. I asked for a trade because I've been misled and manipulated and I'm sick of it. Other than that, I'm not going to reveal any details about how this process unfolded. It's not my nature to start blasting people publicly when I don't think it's necessary. I don't think it's fair or productive for anybody, particularly my teammates and coaching staff. But at the end of the day, I know the truth. And so does JD (Jon Daniels)."
"To suggest that there was just a couple of weeks off and I had a change of heart in terms of what position I wanted to play is inaccurate. I'll be the first to admit that I was not particularly keen on the idea of being a DH. But I did agree to do it. I wanted to put the team first. I wanted to be a Ranger. But in light of events that happened in the process, I got pushed into a corner one too many times. I couldn't take it any more.
That's [referring to being moved from shortstop to third base to make room for Elvis Andrus two years ago] not going to happen again. That was about baseball. That was a situation where I looked around ... and moved on. This has been a long time coming based on things that occurred off the field. I'm sick of it. It hit a point where I felt it was unfair to me and my family. [...] Yeah, I [think a trade is going to happen.] It’s disappointing that it came to this. I would have hoped for this thing to have been hammered out behind closed doors. But in light of today's events, it wasn't going to happen."
● There are eight -- and ONLY eight -- teams to which Michael Young will accept a trade (presumably because they are the same eight teams that are absent from his limited no-trade clause, which permits him to block a trade to 22 different teams), and they are the Rockies, Astros, Angels, Padres, Dodgers, Twins, Yankees, and Cardinals; Young is currently refusing to expand the list of potential landing spots beyond those eight teams, although a later report indicated that Young would consider other teams on a "case-by-case basis" (Richard Durrett, ESPNDallas.com; Jayson Stark, ESPN.com)