Rangers confirm that Michael Young has requested a trade

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UPDATE: Jayson Stark of ESPN.com writes that a major source of the friction between the two sides is that the club was attempting to trade Young, but telling him otherwise. Now he wants out of Texas, but the Rangers are reluctant to deal him.

In a word, awkward.

6:22 PM: Confirming what Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reported yesterday, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels just said in a conference call that Michael Young has requested a trade.

According to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Daniels said that Young had a change of heart about accepting his new role with the club and requested a trade about a week ago. At issue is that Young is concerned that he will be pigeon-holed as a designated hitter as he ages.

“He’s had time to think about it,” Daniels said. “Time’s gone on and he’s changed his mind.”

While the Rockies have been mentioned most frequently in connection with Young, Daniels added that no deal is imminent at this time. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Young has a limited no-trade clause which includes eight teams where he can be traded without his approval, though the Rockies are reportedly one of them.

The biggest hurdle to a potential deal is Young’s massive contract. The 34-year-old is owed $16 million over each of the next three seasons.