Former longtime Texas Rangers infielder Michael Young is returning to the team as a special assistant to the general manager, the Rangers announced Wednesday.
Young played for the Rangers from 2000-2012 and become one of the more popular players in the history of the franchise during his time with the team. General manager Jon Daniels said Young will have an active role in the front office.
"Michael had a major impact on this franchise during an exceptional playing career, and his leadership was an integral part of the success we enjoyed in winning consecutive American League championships," Daniels said.
"Michael will be a significant asset to our baseball-operations group in a variety of areas. He has already been involved in our Major League managerial search and player discussions this fall. I look forward to working with him as we prepare and plan for 2015."
Young played in seven All-Star Games, including being named MVP of the game in 2006, was named the Rangers' player of the year five teams, won the American League batting title in 2005 and won the AL Gold Glove at shortstop in 2008.
He helped the team make three consecutive playoff appearances from 2010-12, including World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011. They were the Rangers' first postseason trips since 1999.
In 2012, his playing time with the Rangers diminished he was dealt to the Philadelphia Phillies in the offseason after he waived his no-trade clause. With the Phillies struggling in 2013, he was traded again to the Los Angeles Dodgers, appearing in 21 games for the club. After the season, he considered returning for another year but instead opted to retire.
For his career, Young hit .300 and had 2,375 hits, 185 home runs and 1,030 RBI.
Last month, the Rangers hired former Pittsburgh Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister as their next manager. He replaced Ron Washington, who left the team for personal reasons.