Michael Young has accepted a trade to the Philadelphia Phillies, who will ship right-handed reliever Josh Lindblom and minor league righty Lisalberto Bonilla to the Rangers to complete the deal, according to a source.
The deal gives Young an opportunity to play more and it gives the Rangers another bullpen candidate.
Young had a no-trade clause and needed to waive it to get the deal done.
A source said Thursday that the Rangers were going to have to pay at least half of Young's $16 million 2013 salary to complete the deal. Young will receive $1.2 million in "benefits" in exchange for waiving his no-trade clause, a source confirmed to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.
The trade means the 36-year-old Young won't be wearing a Rangers jersey for the first time in his 12-year career. But it also means he's going to a place where he'll get more playing time. It was clear Young's role in Texas was diminishing and he was going to be on the bench more in 2013 if he stayed.
He struggled in 2012, hitting .277, his lowest mark since 2002, which was his first full season in the majors. He had eight homers and a .682 OPS, both the lowest of his career. Young's WAR (wins above replacement) was near the bottom of every-day players in the big leagues this past season as he was the club's primary designated hitter and also parts of 86 games at first, second, third or shortstop.
"Because Michael Young has spoiled everyone getting 200 hits every year and hitting .300 every year, by his standards, his year was a little off," Rangers manager Ron Washington said of Young on Wednesday. "You take his standard of what he put together last year and put on a player where the expectations aren't so high, it's not a bad year. By Michael Young's standards maybe you guys see it as a bad year."
Young leaves Texas with his name littered throughout the club's record books.
He's the franchise's all-time hits leader with 2,230, breaking Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez's mark in June 2010. He also tops the club's career numbers in games played (1,823), at-bats (7,399), runs (1,085), singles (1,583), doubles (415), triples (55), total bases (3,286), multihit games (651), strikeouts (1,152) and sacrifice flies (70).
He has a career .301 batting average and 984 RBIs; both are third-most in Rangers history. He has six seasons of at least 200 hits, including five straight from 2003 to 2007.
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