Michael Young traded from the Rangers to the Phillies

After 12 years with the Rangers, Michael Young has been traded to the Phillies

12/8/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

October 3, 2012; Oakland, CA, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Michael Young (10) rounds third base as he scores a run against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY SportsMichael Young has played for the Rangers for his entire career this year, but is now heading to the Philadelphia Phillies in a trade for relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and minor league pitcher Lisalberto Bonilla.

Young had a no-trade clause, as a 10-5 player (10 years in the league, the last 5 with the same team), but waived his no-trade rights in exchange for about $1.2M, according to ESPN.

Young is the Rangers' all-time leader in hits, runs, games, at bats, singles, doubles, triples, total bases, multihit games, strikeouts and sacrifice flies.

His playing time was starting to diminish with the Rangers, who have had a loaded lineup over the years. With the Phillies, he'll get more consistent playing time with the Phillies.

Young can play any infield position, and has always shown a willingness to do whatever the Rangers need. In Philadelphia, he'll probably play 3rd base, a position that was manned by 7 different players in 2012.
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12/8/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Unfortunately for the Phillies, Young was awful this year, hitting .277/.312/.370 (in hitter friendly Arlington to boot) and possibly being the worst regular player in baseball, at least according to WAR. Yes, there's a chance he'll be better in 2013, but there's also a chance at 36 that he's done.