Saturday, December 08, 2012

For real now: Michael Young to Phillies

We're not going to let a little thing like a fake Twitter account fooling us yesterday mess up our plans to bring you the latest Philly sports news.

As confirmed by CSNPhilly's Jim Salisbury, Michael Young has agreed to be dealt to the Phillies, and the Rangers will aid the deal by paying more than $10 million of the $16 million remaining on his current deal. According to the real Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the return would be 25-year-old right-hander Josh Lindblom and a minor leaguer, believed to be 22-year-old pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla.

The 36-year-old infielder departs as Texas' all-time leader in games, at-bats, runs, hits, doubles and triples.

Young played in 156 games for the Rangers last season, batting .277 with eight home runs, 67 RBI and a .682 OPS. He also collected 169 hits and scored 79 runs. A former fifth-round pick of Toronto in the 1997 amateur draft, Young made his MLB debut in 2000, and has racked up a career .301 average, 177 homers, 984 RBI, 415 doubles, 55 triples and 1,085 runs scored in 1,823 games over the last 13 seasons.

A seven-time All-Star selection, Young hit over .300 seven times in his career, winning an AL batting crown at .331 in 2005. He also led the junior circuit in hits in '05 and 2011. 

Lindblom joined the Phillies in the July trade that sent Shane Victorino to the Dodgers, appearing in 26 games and 1-3 with a 4.63 ERA. He finished the year 3-5 with a 3.55 ERA while giving up an incredible 13 home runs in 71 innings.

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