(LOS ANGELES) — The Los Angeles Dodgers added infielder Michael Young in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.
Philadelphia gets back minor league left-hander Rob Rasmussen and plan on using Young off the bench to give third baseman Juan Uribe and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez rest.
“This is a guy that can hit. He makes us stronger, gives us more options,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “What we’re doing is working. We like the guys that we have. Michael just adds to it.”
The Dodgers will owe Young about $1 million of his $16 million salary, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com.
“I think he’s a professional player that’s got a chance to help us,” said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. “We’ve got a long way to go and, when you can add people this time of year who bring what he brings, you act. We’ve gone for it, we’ll continue to go for it.”
Young, 36, is batting .272 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs this season.
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