Deal for Young is finally a done deal

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It took a little while for Michael Young to decide that he wanted to join the Phillies, but on Saturday, he finally decided to come to town. The deal to get Young sends two pitchers to the Rangers.

In the end, Michael Young decided that leaving Texas might be the thing to do. Young decided Saturday to waive his 10-and-5 rights and accept a trade that sends him to the Phillies for reliever Josh Lindblom and minor league pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla. The Rangers will also pay $10-million of the remaining $16-million left on Young's contract, which expires at the end of the 2013 season.

The deal was actually completed Thursday at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, but Young weighed the pros and cons of accepting the deal for about 48 hours before giving his blessing.

Young has played in all or part of 13 major league seasons and spent his entire career with the Rangers, which apparently made the deal a little tough to accept.

While Young has spent a lot of his time as a designated hitter over the past few seasons, he has still started more games as a position player (173 games) over the past two seasons than he has as a designated hitter (140 games).

Young won a Gold Glove as a shortstop in 2008, moved to third base in 2009 and then spent more time as a designated hitter starting in 2011 when the Rangers acquired Adrian Beltre. In his career, Young has played 358 games at third and has a career .956 fielding percentage, while the MLB average is .954 for thirdbasemen. Young can play all four infield positions and is a right-handed hitter.

The Phillies had acquired Lindblom last July in the deal that sent Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lindblom posted a combined 3.55 ERA in 74 games with the Dodgers and Phillies last season and had a 4.63 ERA in 26 games with the Phillies.

Bonilla was a solid pitching prospect who was chosen to pitch in last year's Futures Game, but suffered a thumb injury the night prior to the game when he was messing around with other players. The injury required surgery and ended his season. Bonilla has recovered and is pitching in the Dominican Winter League, where he has posted a 6.92 ERA in 15 games.

Premium users can see what impact Young will have on the Phillies from a piece written when the deal was initially announced.

Michael Young's career stats

Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2000 Texas 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
2001 Texas 106 386 57 96 18 4 11 49 3 1 26 91 .249 .298 .402
2002 Texas 156 573 77 150 26 8 9 62 6 7 41 112 .262 .308 .382
2003 Texas 160 666 106 204 33 9 14 72 13 2 36 103 .306 .339 .446
2004 Texas 160 690 114 216 33 9 22 99 12 3 44 89 .313 .353 .483
2005 Texas 159 668 114 221 40 5 24 91 5 2 58 91 .331 .385 .513
2006 Texas 162 691 93 217 52 3 14 103 7 3 48 96 .314 .356 .459
2007 Texas 156 639 80 201 37 1 9 94 13 3 47 107 .315 .366 .418
2008 Texas 155 645 102 183 36 2 12 82 10 0 55 109 .284 .339 .402
2009 Texas 135 541 76 174 36 2 22 68 8 3 47 90 .322 .374 .518
2010 Texas 157 656 99 186 36 3 21 91 4 2 50 115 .284 .330 .444
2011 Texas 159 631 88 213 41 6 11 106 6 2 47 78 .338 .380 .474
2012 Texas 156 611 79 169 27 3 8 67 2 2 33 70 .277 .312 .370
13 Years 1823 7399 1085 2230 415 55 177 984 89 30 532 1152 .301 .347 .444
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/6/2012.


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