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Young’s Fate With Pirates In Doubt

March 25, 1996

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) _ Kevin Young, once considered to be the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top prospect, has an uncertain future in the organization.

The infielder cleared waivers Monday, but team officials would not comment on Young’s future beyond saying he would meet Tuesday with general manager Cam Bonifay.

Young apparently will be released or sent to the Pirates’ Class AAA Calgary farm club. He said he might be traded.

``All I can say is that he’s cleared waivers and is still a member of our club,″ manager Jim Leyland said.

Young said he was led to believe by the Pirates that he will not be on the opening-day roster.

``I’ve been told they are still trying to trade me,″ said Young, the starting first baseman as a rookie in 1993. ``I could also go back down to the minor leagues. There’s a couple of options they’ll have to explore, and I guess I’ll learn more when I talk to Cam Bonifay.″

Because he cleared waivers, the Pirates now can assign the 26-year-old Young to Calgary outright. They could also save money by releasing him.

If they release him by midnight Tuesday, they would only be obligated to pay $50,000 of his $200,000 salary. A full-season salary is guaranteed for players on an active roster at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

Young did not travel to Haines City Monday night for an exhibition game with Kansas City. He remained at the Pirates’ camp in Bradenton.

Young hit .481 with one home run and eight RBIs in 13 spring games.

``I really thought I had a good spring and did everything humanly possible to make this club,″ Young said. ``It’s disappointing. The way our club is set up, I don’t have a chance to crack the starting lineup with Charlie Hayes at third base and Jeff King at first base.

``It’s not that I want to leave, but it’s just obvious that my opportunities would be better in another organization. I’m blocked here.″

He batted .232 in 56 games for Pittsburgh last season with six home runs and 22 RBIs and .356 with eight homers and 34 RBIs in 45 games with Calgary.

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