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UPDATE: Phillies acquire Michael Young from Rangers

Dec 8, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

Michael Young

UPDATE: The deal is done, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Young, the Rangers’ all-time leader in hits and games played, has been traded to the Phillies.

Nightengale hears that Young agreed to the deal after receiving $1.2 million in benefits from the Rangers and a full no-trade clause from the Phillies. The Rangers agreed to pay about $10 million of Young’s $16 million salary for 2013, so it’s a relatively low-risk gamble for Philadelphia. Still, that’s a pretty old infield.

1:20 PM: Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Young has “indicated a willingness” to accept a trade to the Phillies. However, the deal is not finalized because some of the financial aspects still need to be worked out.

Young is expected to get some form of compensation for waiving his full no-trade clause while MLB must approve the salary (more than $10 million, says Grant), being covered by the Rangers. But it sounds pretty close to being done. Grant hears that the Phillies will send reliever Josh Lindblom and prospect right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla to Texas.

10:28 AM: Michael Young has been taking his time to decide whether to waive his no-trade clause and accept a trade to the Phillies. But it appears that he has come to a decision.

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com was told by industry sources that Young is expected to OK the deal and that the trade could go down as soon as today. The 36-year-old was expected to have a diminished role with the Rangers in 2013, so it makes for a pretty easy baseball decision, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears that the biggest consideration was his family.

Young batted .277/.312/.370 with eight home runs, 67 RBI and a career-low .682 OPS this past season and is expected to take over as the Phillies’ starting third baseman in 2013. The Rangers will reportedly cover at least half of Young’s remaining $16 million salary, as well as receive a reliever and prospect in return.

  1. mojosmagic - Dec 8, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Next time any of the troll fans teams win 6 division titles in a row plus a World Series let me know. With half the team injured last year we still got 81 wins. Will see how it plays out this year.

    • macjacmccoy - Dec 8, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      they only won 4 in a row 2008-2011.

      • scotttheskeptic - Dec 8, 2012 at 8:28 PM

        It was 5, from 07 to 11.

    • paperlions - Dec 8, 2012 at 9:36 PM

      Yeah, because how well the team of a fan does is the basis for understanding baseball or evaluating good decisions versus bad ones.

  2. phillyphannn83 - Dec 8, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    sorry spud, personally I’ve seen like 1000 posts from paperlions but this is the first time I’ve ever seen your screenname…fleece goes to him. :-)

  3. ryanrockzzz - Dec 9, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    Yea so, about the actual trade. Good move, money is low and got a veteran player. Still need amaro to pull something else off in the OF and bullpen though

  4. mungman69 - Dec 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    It’s over

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