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Michael Young Is Now The Backup Middle Infielder

The Texas Rangers have designated Alberto Gonzalez for assignment, and normally, this wouldn't be much of a big deal. Except it is, for this wonderful reason:

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↵↵Without Gonzalez on the roster, Michael Young is now the backup middle infielder -- and that's a depressing thought. Michael Young should not be allowed to play in the field, especially not at a critical position such as shortstop or second base. Young is horrendous at both corner infield spots, and has only logged 16 innings at shortstop over the past two seasons.

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That's not to say Young doesn't know how to play shortstop. He does. He spent the bulk of his career there, and was a horrendous defender even when it was his everyday position.

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The Rangers might have another move up their sleeve, and let's hope they do. Really, it's not a huge deal, as Young probably won't play too often at either position, but still, Young should not be playing either middle infield position in 2012.

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