Young’s new contract a big deal

first_imgYoung is a bargain for the Rangers at about $3.5 million this season, the last of a $10 million, four-year contract for the three-time All-Star. The Rangers will pick up a team option for $5 million next season before the extension begins. By agreeing to an extension, Young will bypass a chance for free agency in 2008. “I’m sure it’s great to see what’s out there,” Young said. “I did not want to go somewhere else and then see that Texas is in the World Series. We have a great core here and we’re all committed. I want to be here and help promote a winner.” The current deal was signed in 2004, the same spring Young switched from second base to shortstop after Alex Rodriguez was traded to the New York Yankees. Young’s extension will be the second-largest contract in Rangers history. The biggest was the $252 million, 10-year deal Rodriguez got in December 2000. Young, a Bishop Amat High School product, didn’t discuss the finances of the deal, which is for 2009-13. The $80 million figure was disclosed by a person familiar with the negotiations and who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made. The Rangers were expected to announce the deal today, when they play their spring training opener in Surprise. A .300 career hitter, Young was the AL batting champion in 2005 at .331, and was the All-Star game MVP last summer. Young hit .314 with 52 doubles, 14 homers and 103 RBIs last season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img DALLAS – Shortstop Michael Young has agreed to a contract extension worth about $80 million over five seasons with the Texas Rangers. “We accomplished a great deal over the past four days,” Young said after spring- training workouts Thursday in Surprise, Ariz. “This puts me here through the 2013 season and represents a great leap of faith on their part.” last_img read more

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