The Phillies filled another need Saturday when they acquired veteran infielder Michael Young from the Texas Rangers for two pitchers.
Young, who waived his no-trade rights, will be the Phillies' primary third baseman. The Rangers get reliever Josh Lindblom and minor league pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla in the deal. Lindblom joined the Phillies in the July trade that sent Shane Victorino to the Dodgers. The 25-year-old righthander appeared in 26 games for the Phils, and was 1-3 with a 4.63 ERA.
Young, 36, is signed through 2013. The Rangers, according to sources, will pay more than $10 million of his $16 million salary. The Phillies gave Young a full no-trade clause.
The addition of Young completes a busy week for the Phillies. They filled their opening in centerfield with the acquisition of Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. Pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May went to the Twins in that deal.
With centerfield and third base crossed off his off-season to-do list, Phils GM Ruben Amaro Jr. will now focus on adding another offensive contributor to his outfield. Free agents Ichiro Suzuki and Cody Ross are both possibilities. The Phils could also consider acquiring Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs. In addition to adding another bat, Amaro could look to add a starter to the back end of the rotation to pick up slack for the departed Worley and he could pursue relievers who have experience in the eighth inning.
The deal for Young was hammered out at the winter meetings but not finalized until Saturday as the player needed time to decide if he would waive his no-trade rights and finalize other details. Young spent 12 seasons with the Rangers and is one of the most decorated players in that franchise's history. However, with the emergence of younger players and all-star Adrian Beltre entrenched at third base, Young had become a spare part in Texas.
Phillies acquire 3B Michael Young from Texas
CSN Philly | Dec 8