(NEW YORK) — One of the greatest players to ever put on a Texas Rangers uniform is moving on. The team has traded designated hitter Michael Young to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for reliever Josh Lindblom and minor league reliever Lisalverto Bonilla.
The deal had been in place for the past couple days, but Young needed to waive his no-trade clause for the deal to go through. While Young loved playing in Texas, the Phillies will provide him a chance to play everyday for a contending club.
The 36-year old Young had spent his entire 12-year career with the Rangers before the trade. Young leaves as one of the most decorated Rangers in franchise history. He is the club’s all-time leader in hits, games played, at-bats, runs, singles, doubles, triples, total bases, multi-hit games, strikeouts, and sacrifice flys.
With the emergence of Mike Olt and Jurickson Profar, there just weren’t that many at-bats available for the veteran. Despite a stellar 2011 campaign, Young struggled in 2012 when he hit .277 with eight home runs and 67 RBIs.
In 2012, Lindblom went 3-5 with a 3.55 ERA while Bonilla went 3-2 with a 1.55 ERA in the Phillies’ minor league system.
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James Hanlon, CNN
Adam Forsgren, EastIdahoNews.com Columnist