Right now Michael Young’s contract has a partial no-trade clause that allows him to block deals to 22 of 29 teams, but Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com notes that come May 7 he’ll be able to veto all potential moves.
That’s when Young will become a “10-and-5” player, meaning he has 10 full seasons of MLB service time that includes the past five seasons with the same team.
Of course, all the speculation and rumors surrounding Young throughout the offseason have gone awfully quiet now that the Rangers are winning and he’s hitting .342 with an .821 OPS in 18 games spent mostly at designated hitter. Young has started 12 times at DH, four times at second base, and twice at first base.
Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.
According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.