Phillies Send Josh Lindblom to Rangers, Get 3rd Baseman Michael Young

The Philadelphia Phillies have just made a trade with the Texas Rangers, aquiring All-Star 3rd baseman Michael Young. In exchange, the Rangers are receiving righties Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla.

There have been rumored deals between the two teams for a couple of days, but Young first had to waive his no-trade clause to allow the Rangers to trade him.

Young is most likely going to take over 3rd base for the Phillies, but in the case that Chase Utley misses an extended amount of time, he can easily fill in at second while Kevin Frandsen holds down the fort at third.

Young hit only .277 last year, but lifetime he is hitting a solid .301. Young is a 7-time All-Star, and holds the Rangers record all-time record with 2230 hits. The 36 year old has been with Texas for nearly over a decade, greatly contributing to their team. The Phillies will be the first team he plays with besides Texas in his career.

ESPN Stats & Info summarizes any hesitation Amaro might have had:

The Phillies sent away reliever Josh Lindblom, who went 3-5 with a 3.55 ERA last season. He was not what the Phillies expected when they acquired him in the Shane Victorino deal; no Phillies fans are complaining about his loss. Bonilla, 22, spent time between Single-A and Double-A last year, compiling a 3-2 record with a 1.55 ERA. He is the main piece of the trade for Texas who could use help on their pitching staff in the future.


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