Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired Michael Young from the Texas Rangers; an announcement is expected later today.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Phillies have agreed to pay $10 million of the $16 million still owed to Young by the Rangers. Young will also receive $1.2 million in benefits and a full no-trade clause in exchange for the waiving of his 10-5 rights.
Still the Rangers clubhouse leader in 2012, Young’s production fell dramatically last season as he hit just .277/.312/.370 in 651 plate appearances with his home run (8) and OPS (.682) totals reaching career lows. The move to Philadelphia will give Young the opportunity to remain in a full-time role instead of the likely super-utility backup he was destined for in Texas this season.
Young is the franchise's all-time leader in multiple categories, including hits (2,230), games played (1,823), runs (1,085), singles (1,583), doubles (415), triples (55) and total bases (3,286).