Rangers, Young Come To Terms

The Texas Rangers agreed to terms with All-Star shortstop Michael Young on a new contract extension Thursday worth $80 million over 5 years. In franchise history, the deal is second only to Alex Rodriguez's 10-year, $252 million contract cut in 2000.

Acquired in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays in July of 2000, the 30-year-old Young is a career .300 hitter with 94 homers and 476 RBIs. He batted .314 with 14 home runs and a career-high 103 RBIs last year, his sixth full season with Texas.

The 2005 American League batting champion is currently under contract for the 2007 season, with a $5 million club option for 2008. The Rangers are expected to hold a news conference on Friday to officially announce the deal.



Anonymous said...

Michael Young has quietly become one of the most consistent hitters in the big leagues. Texas was smart to get 5 more years with him.

Sooze said...

A wise decision, indeed.