Phillies acquire Michael Young from Rangers
The Philadelphia Phillies made another big move this week by acquiring third baseman Michael Young from the Texas Rangers.
Young waived his no-trade clause Saturday and accepted the deal that saw the Rangers receive pitchers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla in return.
Earlier this week, the Phillies obtained Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins for pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May.
Young has spent 13 seasons in Texas, according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram, and leaves as the Rangers’ all-time leader in hits, games played, runs, at-bats, doubles, triples, total bases, multi-hit games and infield hits.
The seven-time all-star is coming from one of the worst seasons of his career, however. In 2012, Young batted just .277 with eight home runs and 67 RBIs, a far drop from 2011 when he had 213 hits for a .338 batting average, 11 home runs and 106 RBIs, according to Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia.
Young’s poor 2012 season and the emergence of younger players such as Jurickson Profar in Texas would have meant less playing time. The 36-year-old infielder will likely become an everyday starter for the Phillies at third base.
Texas will reportedly pick up $10 million of the $16 million Young is owed in 2013. The extra money could go towards re-signing outfielder Josh Hamilton, according to ESPN.