December 9, 2012
Texas Rangers trade Michael Young to Philadelphia Phillies
By The Sports Xchange
The Philadelphia Phillies announced Sunday that they acquired infielder Michael Young from the Texas Rangers for right-handed relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and minor league righty Lisalberto Bonilla.
Young, who wants to play more regularly, dropped his no-trade clause to go to Philadelphia.
The Phillies will pay $6 million of Young’s $16 million salary for next year. Young also gets a $1.2 million bonus for waiving his no-trade clause.
Young, 36, spent the first 12 years of his career with the Rangers. His role with Texas would have decreased next season after he struggled to a .277 batting average this year, his lowest in 10 years. He also had career lows with eight home runs and a .682 OPS.
He was the Rangers’ designated hitter in 2012 but also played parts of 86 games at all four infield positions.
Young, a career .301 hitter with 984 RBI, is third all-time for the Rangers in both categories. He is the franchise’s all-time leader in hits (2,230), games played (1,823), at-bats (7,399), runs (1,085), singles (1,583), doubles (415), triples (55), total bases (3,286), multi-hit games (651), strikeouts (1,152) and sacrifice flies (70).
He also had six seasons with at least 200 hits.