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Michael Young trade is official and it is a good deal for Phillies
by Scott Butler 12/8/12

I guess Michael Young's wife Cristina, or, I mean, Michael Young agreed to waive his no-trade clause and accept a move from the Texas Rangers to the Phillies.

As I mentioned in the last article discussing the possible acquisition of Michael Young, this is Ruben Amaro's second positive trade in a row (I've been waiting so long to say that). This deal improves the Philadelphia Phillies, although how much remains to be seen.

Young provides stability at third base which otherwise would have been missing. Kevin Frandsen had a great season for the Phils in 2012, but he is a far bigger uncertainty than Michael Young. Freddy Galvis dwarfs both Frandsen and Young defensively, but his bat is much weaker. Let's face it, Young is a significantly better option than Frandsen/Galvis.

Michael Young is a 7-time all-star with a career .301 average, .347 OBP, .444 SLG, and .791 OPS.  He averaged 16 HR, 87 RBI, and 96 runs scored per 162 game season.  The 36-year-old's numbers declined last year and he finished with a .277 average, .312 OBP, .370 SLG, .682 OPS, 8 HR, 67 RBI, and 79 runs scored. But Young is just one year removed from hitting .338, leading the American League with 213 hits, and driving in 106 runs while scoring 88.

While it is possible Young has already began a drastic decline, it is nearly as likely he will bounce back to his past form. He is a professional hitter, plain and simple. He knows how to get on base and dude knows how to win.

Young has become somewhat of a liability defensively, which is why he played primarily DH over the last two years.  But Michael Young was extremely well liked in Texas and a good clubhouse leader. The fact that the Rangers will eat roughly 10 of the $16 million guaranteed to Young in 2013 does sound a bit alarming, but that is mainly because the infield was too crowded with Adrian Beltre, Ian Kinsler, and highly regarded rookie Jurickson Profar. The memory of Freddy Garcia is never far from my thoughts, but I don't think that is the case here.

Trading Josh Lindblom

Lindblom is still young, pretty cheap, pitched pretty well for the Dodgers, and has more experience than half of the Phillies current bullpen crew. But he allowed 13 home runs in 71 innings and with the Phillies he had a 4.63 ERA, 6.6 walks/game, and a WHIP of over 1.5. Lindblom would have been a fairly central piece to the Phillies bullpen, but the Phils have plenty of other young arms waiting and you can always take your chances on the Chad Durbin's of the world if need-be. That said, the Phillies must bring in some bullpen help to avoid last year's debacle.

And Michael Young just looks better on the lineup card, doesn't it?

So completes a fun week of wheeling and dealing for the Phillies.

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