Rangers deal Young to Phils for pair of righties
By T.R. Sullivan / 12/08/12 11:22 PM ET
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have traded seven-time All-Star infielder Michael Young to the Phillies for right-handed reliever Josh Lindblom and Minor League pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla.
Young departs after 12 seasons with the Rangers and is their all-time leader in games, at-bats, runs, hits, doubles and triples. He was considered the undisputed clubhouse leader on a team that went to two straight World Series in 2010-11 and was five times voted as the club's Player of the Year.
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus tweeted: "Super sad that our captain Michael Young is gone wish the best for him and his family."
The deal was awaiting approval by the Commissioner's Office because of the amount of money being exchanged. That approval is expected, but will not happen until at least Sunday. No formal announcement on the trade was made Saturday night.
But, while the Rangers were waiting on that, they were informed on Saturday that free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke was reportedly close to signing a six-year deal with the Dodgers.
The Rangers discussed the trade for Young with the Phillies at the Winter Meetings. Young had the right to reject any trade because he has at least 10 years of Major League experience and five years with the Rangers.
But accepting this trade allows him to play third base for the Phillies rather than be stuck in a utility infielder role for the Rangers that would likely have reduced his playing time. The Rangers are expected to pick up as much as $10 million of Young's $16 million salary for 2013.
Lindblom, 25, was a second-round pick by the Dodgers in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and was traded to the Phillies, along with two other players, on July 31 for outfielder Shane Victorino. He was 3-5 with a 3.55 ERA in 74 combined games, allowing 7.7 hits, 4.4 walks and 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
Bonilla, 22, was 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 21 relief appearances at Double-A Reading this past season. He allowed six hits, 4.6 walks and 12.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Bonilla started the year at Class A Clearwater and had a 1.35 ERA in 10 games, with 6.1 strikeouts, 2.7 walks and 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings. He was ranked No. 15 by MLB.com among the Phillies' top prospects.
Young hit .277 with the Rangers, his lowest since 2002, with eight home runs and 67 RBIs. His .682 OPS was the lowest of his career.
The Rangers are looking to revamp their lineup. They still want to re-sign Josh Hamilton, but they have also talked to the D-backs about a trade for right fielder Justin Upton. If the Rangers acquire Upton, then it could mean that Nelson Cruz ends up as their designated hitter.