Michael Young traded to Phillies for pair of relievers

Michael Young traded to Phillies for pair of relievers

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
The Phillies have their long-sought third baseman for 2013. (Getty Images)

Rangers infielder Michael Young has been traded to the Phillies, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman and Danny Knobler have both confirmed. The trade required Young to waive his 10-and-5 rights, which he agreed to do in exchange for $1.2 million in undisclosed benefits, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Young now becomes the Phillies' everyday third baseman.

Heyman reports the Rangers will pick up more than half of Young's $16 million salary for 2013. As such, commissioner Bud Selig will need to approve the deal. He's expected to do so.

Young is coming off a season in which he batted just .277/.312/.370 despite playing his home games in one of the best hitter's parks in the league. For his career, the 36-year-old Young owns a batting line of .301/.347/.444 with 177 homers.

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Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News, who first reported that Young would agree to the deal, reports the Rangers will receive two players in return: 25-year-old right-hander Josh Lindblom and right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla, age 22. Heyman has confirmed the inclusion of both players in the deal.

Lindblom has a career ERA of 3.31 in 100 2/3 innings, all in relief. Bonilla, meanwhile, has a career 2.50 ERA across parts of four minor league seasons. While Bonilla has made 35 starts in his career, he worked exclusively as a reliever in 2012. Baseball America recently ranked Bonilla as the 12th-best prospect in the Phillies' system.

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