The Philadelphia Phillies and GM Ruben Amaro Jr. came into the 2012 MLB off season with a big shopping list of holes to fill for their 2013 roster. For the past couple of years, rumors have been thrown around about the possibility of the Phillies acquiring Michael Young from the Texas Rangers.
Why this trade made sense was due to the fact that the Phillies needed a third basemen due to Placido Polanco‘s decline and the fact that Young did not have a set position with the Rangers.
Well today, the deal looks like it has finally happened. Earlier this week, rumors swirled that the Phillies have agreed, in principal, to a deal with the Rangers pending Young’s approval because of his no trade clause.
According to ESPN Philly, Bob Nightengale, and other reports, the Phillies have acquired the 36-year old veteran in return for relief pitchers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla. Along with acquiring Young, the Phillies were able to save money due to the fact that the Rangers will be paying almost $10 million of the $16 million due to Young in 2013.
Lindblom was acquired along with Ethan Martin in a trade deadline deal that sent Shane Victorino to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bonilla is a 22-year old right-hander who has performed very well in the minor leagues with 16-13 record with a 2.50 ERA. Last season, Bonilla had a 1.64 in 21 games with AA Reading.
Though the Phillies are giving up two young players with high upside, they are acquiring a veteran player who is known for his high effort and great bat. The 7-time All-Star is coming off his worst statistical hitting season since 2002. He hit .277 with 8 home runs and 67 runs batted in. These numbers are almost identical to the average of all the Phillies’ third basemen last season.
Despite having a bad year, Young is still highly regarded as a professional hitter. He won the AL batting crown in 2005 when he hit .313. Young has been an iron man throughout his career as well by playing, on average, a total of 152 games a season. In fact, Young has found a way to stay healthy throughout his entire career, which is something that the Phillies struggled with last season.
All in all, it looks like Amaro may have overpaid to get his guy. Though it is too early to tell how big of an impact this trade will have on both teams, it sure looks like the Phillies were able to fill a need that they have been lacking ever since Scott Rolen was traded. Now that Amaro has filled voids at the hot corner and center field, it looks like his next move may be a power-hitting corner outfield bat to help his lineup followed by an 8th inning guy who can help get the ball to Jonathan Papelbon.
David A. Cattai is the Featured Writer for the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Flyers, MLB, NHL, and NFL with Rant Sports & Featured Beat Writer covering the Philadelphia Phillies and Philadelphia sports for Buzz On Broad.