Michael Young, after a 14-year career, has chosen to retire rather than accepting an offer to return to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The club had reportedly offered Young a bench role, with the apparent opportunity to take some time at second base in the event Alexander Guerrero was not ready by Opening Day.
Young finishes his career with a .300 average and .441 slugging percentage, while having been named to seven All-Star teams. He earned a Gold Glove while playing shortstop with the Texas Rangers in 2005 and led the league in hitting in 2008. Over the course of his career, Young finished in the top-10 of MVP voting on two occasions.
The news is somewhat troubling for the Dodgers, as they have lost most of their bench options this offseason. Skip Schumaker and Nick Punto have moved on in free agency, while Jerry Hairston, Jr. also retired. The team may choose to allow some of their younger players to compete for bench roles, though it is generally preferred that younger players receive regular playing time to aid in their development. It also remains possible that the Dodgers seek to upgrade their bench via trade.
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