When Michael Young and the Texas Rangers officially kissed and made up around this time a year ago, it started a bridge to the inevitable — that Young would eventually, sooner rather than later, end up back in the Rangers' organization in some capacity.
So when he was hired by his former nemesis Jon Daniels as a special assistant to the GM, it made perfect sense and came as no surprise. Young's roles will be varied, but one of his main ones will be player mentoring and special instruction, as well as evaluation.
And there might not be a Rangers player happier to have Young back than shortstop Elvis Andrus, who supplanted Young from his shortstop position when he made his big-league debut in 2009. Andrus' best career season happened to be Young's final season in a Rangers uniform, which came in 2012 when Andrus had career highs in both batting average and on-base percentage in what was also his last all-star appearance.
Andrus infamously came to spring training last year out of shape and without putting much work in over the winter, and he quickly admitted that was a mistake. This winter, he hit it a lot harder and apparently is in great shape and ready to roll as pitchers and catchers reported to Surprise, Arizona on Friday.
If there is any Ranger ever who's been known as a business-first, hard-working player, it was Young, the pro's pro and Mr. Ranger. That's exactly what the Rangers hope Andrus eventually becomes, especially since he got a big payday that takes effect this year, when he's set to make $15 million.
Andrus is still young, and can still flourish and become an elite MLB shortstop, and having Young on board will only help him do that.