Well, crisis averted. Michael Young is playing third base next season. He's not happy about it, but he's doing it.
Evan Grant has a blog entry at the DMN up, saying that, maybe, no one was wrong in this situation. The Rangers handled the situation as best as could reasonably be done, Young reacted like a player with pride in his ability, and at the end of the day, it all worked out.
Grant also notes that this has been a polarizing event, with the local response being (mostly) to rip management and the national response being (mostly) to rip Young. I think that displays the difference in perception of Young and, to an extent, Jon Daniels, on a local and national level. Young is perceived locally as a superstar Gold Glove shortstop who is the best thing about the Rangers, while he's perceived nationally as a good, not great, player with defensive issues and a bad contract. Daniels, meanwhile, is perceived locally as a buffoon who should go back to working at Dunkin' Donuts, while he's perceived nationally as a g.m. with a mixed track record, who has made a couple of terrible moves but has also done an excellent job rebuilding the team's farm system and setting the team up to succeed long-term.
Jim Reeves says those of us (and I say "us" because he includes "bloggers" in the list) who have defended the organization on this -- and he is clear that there are "very few" of us, in case anyone is under the misperception that it is anyone other than the wack-job fringe that doesn't think Daniels screwed up and should be fired over this -- just don't get it, because we haven't talked to Michael Young and don't understand how the issue is the lack of respect the Rangers showed Young.
The problem is, according to Reeves, the only proper way to approach Young would have been to go to him and give him the choice of moving to third base, and if he didn't want to do that, the team should have just let him stay at shortstop however long he wanted. That's a stupid argument.
Jeff Wilson has a bunch of quotes from Young at the S-T blog.
And in case anyone is interested, Jean-Jacques Taylor also piles on on the "Daniels blew it" theme.