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Rangers Trade Michael Young to Phillies


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.

In return for Young, the Rangers will be receiving reliever Josh Lindblom, who posted a 3.55 ERA and 70 strike outs in 71 innings of relief last season and minor league pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla.

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).