Michael Young’s thirteen season career in Texas looks like it might be coming to an end. Young, who has played on the Texas Rangers his whole major league career is expected to waive his no trade clause and accept a trade to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday according to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan.
Young’s biggest consideration in whether to accept the trade to Philly was his family.
Young batted .277/.312/.370 with eight home runs, 67 RBI and a career-low .682 OPS this past season.
If Young would of decided to stay in Texas for the 2013 season, it would of likely meant taking on a lesser role as a utility player while in Philly he is expected to take over as the Phillies’ starting third baseman.
We are glad that it came down to being Young’s decision whether to stay or go.
Young was drafted in 1994 by the Baltimore Orioles in the 25th round of the amateur draft – but did not sign. He was then drafted again in 1997 by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 5th round- where he did signed. He was later traded to the Texas Rangers in 2000 along with Darwin Cubillan in exchange for Esteban Loaiza.
Young was expected to make $16 million in 2013, in which the Phillies are reportedly covering half of in the trade- they will also receive a reliever or prospect in return.
In 13 seasons, Young has a .301 BA and a .791 OPS, he hit 177 HR’s, and had 984 RBI’s. He is the Rangers all-time leader in multiple categories. He was a seven time all star and won a gold glove in 2008.
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