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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:


↵↵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.


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.


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.


Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.