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Rangers deal veteran Michael Young to Phillies

Rangers vs. Athletics

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Michael Youngof the Texas Rangers hits an RBI double against the Oakland Athletics on October 3, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)


Posted on December 8, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 10 at 11:48 AM

Michael Young's career with the Texas Rangers is over.

The Texas Rangers issued a statement Sunday confirming that Young has accepted a trade to the Philadelphia Phillies, in exchange for relief pitchers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla. The deal was approved by Major League Baseball on Sunday morning.

The Rangers will likely also have to pay for $10 million of Young's $16 million dollar salary for 2013.

Young's departure means the Rangers' top prospect Jurickson Profar will likely move into the lineup on a regular basis. There has been talk of Ian Kinsler moving to first base, and assuming the Rangers don't deal shortstop Elvis Andrus, that would give Texas an infield of Kinsler, Profar, Andrus, and Adrian Beltre.

Young was 23 years old when he got his first at bat with the Rangers in 2000. He played 12 full seasons in Arlington and is the Rangers all-time leader in at bats, hits, runs scored, doubles, and triples. Young began his career as a second baseman, moved to shortstop when Alex Rodriguez left, then moved to third base when the club promoted Elvis Andrus. When Adrian Beltre signed as a free agent in 2011, Young became the team's designated hitter and utility infielder.

He will play third base for the Phillies.