Phillies Acquire Michael Young

Posted: December 8, 2012 in Uncategorized


Just days following a deal that brought CF Ben Revere to Philadelphia for SP Vance Worley and minor league SP Trevor May, Ruben Amaro has completed another trade to fill a hole heading into 2013. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Phillies and Texas Rangers have completed a trade that will send veteran 3B Michael Young and cash to the City of Brotherly Love in exchange for RP Josh Lindblom and minor league RP Lisalverto Bonilla.

Young, 36, had spent his entire career in Texas dating back to 2000. The seven-time All-Star began his career at 2B before moving to SS following the trade of Alex Rodriguez to New York in 2004. After Elvis Andrus evolved as the Rangers’ starter at the position, Young was moved to third base. The Covina, CA native is coming off the worst statistical year of his career. Young hit just 8 home runs and 67 RBI with a batting line of .277/.312/.370. This coming a year after a spectacular 2011 campaign in which Young hit .338/.380/.474. His fielding is a bit of a concern, as his range has deteriorated over time. Still, Young is a veteran capable of putting up offensive stats that Phillies fans haven’t seen at the hot-corner since Scott Rolen left. Young is in the final year of a seven-year deal he signed prior to the 2007 season.

In exchange for Young, the Phillies have traded Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla. Most will remember that Lindblom was acquired in July from the Dodgers in the Shane Victorino sale. There have since been concerns that the 25-year-old surrenders too many home runs to be a viable option at Citizen’s Bank Park. The right hander went 1-3 with a 4.63 ERA in 26 games with the Phillies.

Bonilla, 22, is a Dominican born right-hander with a wiry frame and electric stuff. He began his career with the Phillies as a starter in 2009. He has since transitioned into the bullpen and had his finest minor league season in 2012. Splitting his time between Reading and Clearwater, Bonilla took the mound 31 times, going 3-2 with a 1.55 ERA and about a 3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. His 64 strikeouts in just 46 innings proves that the kid has quite an arm and the potential to be a dynamite bullpen piece.

Young is expected to play third with Philadelphia. Below is a projected lineup based on the team’s current roster:

SS Jimmy Rollins (S)
3B Michael Young (R)
2B Chase Utley (L)
1B Ryan Howard (L)
C Carlos Ruiz (R)
RF Domonic Brown (L)
LF Darin Ruf (R)
CF Ben Revere (L)
Pitcher’s Spot


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