Michael Young will not be the Rangers’ next manager

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Dallas Morning News columnist Evan Grant has the story

The Rangers search for a new manager will not include Michael Young.

During a conversation with GM Jon Daniels Tuesday about the position, Young decided against pursuing the position.

Young clashed with Daniels during the end of his 13-year tenure as a player for the Rangers, but the two patched things up earlier this year at a wedding and Daniels told the media after Ron Washington’s sudden resignation that he had a “lot of respect for Michael” and would consider all options in his still-ongoing search for a replacement.

But, as Grant writes Tuesday, the 37-year-old Young has three young sons and wants to spend more time with his family than a major league managerial position would allow: “I’m honored to be considered for the position of Rangers’ manager,” Young told Grant. “I appreciate everything the Rangers organization has meant and done for me, my career, and my family.  Having said that, I recognize the immense time commitment a manger’s position requires, and at this point in my life, it’s not the right fit.  I retired to spend more time with my family and I’m enjoying this chapter in my life.”

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

Trevor Story
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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.