Confirmed: Michael Young wants out of Texas

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ESPN.com’s Buster Olney was definitely on to something when he wrote Saturday that “something has changed” in the relationship between the Rangers and Michael Young.  He wants a trade.  And the Rangers are going to try to meet that request.

A source familiar with the situation told Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports on Sunday afternoon that Texas will “attempt to trade” Young in the coming days because the infielder “has grown disillusioned with his diminished role on the team.”

The Rangers brought in Adrian Beltre on a massive free agent contract this offseason and will start him at third base in 2011.  When that deal was initially signed, it moved Young to the DH role.  But then the Rangers traded for Mike Napoli and Young took quick notice this weekend that his at-bats would probably be taking a hit this season.

So he wants out.  A change of scenery.

We’ll see how it goes.  Young is owed $48 million over the next three seasons, has never been great defensively, and finished with a pedestrian .774 OPS last season.  He also turned 34 years old in October.

The Rockies are known to have some interest, though recent reports are saying they want the Rangers to eat $20 million of Young’s remaining contract.  Brown hears that the Angels could be interested, but they probably won’t want to take on another bad deal.  Remember, Anaheim brought in $81 million worth of Vernon Wells just a couple of weeks ago.

Young should dominate headlines for much of this week — the last week without baseball until November.

Jonny Venters is still pitching

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Lefty reliever Jonny Venters was among a handful of players the Rays signed to minor league contracts, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Venters, 32, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has logged just 27 2/3 innings in the minors in the meantime due to a continuous battle with his elbow. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Venters has undergone four — four! — Tommy John surgeries.

When he was healthy, Venters was a fearsome late-game option for the Braves. He posted a 1.95 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 83 innings in 2010, and a 1.84 ERA with 96 strikeouts in 88 innings in 2011. His first-half performance in 2011 earned him a spot on the National League All-Star roster.

Venters has spent the last two years in the Rays’ system and he’ll try to make it a third.