The Texas Rangers, long bogged down with their glut of corner infielders, are finally sharing the wealth. Texas has agreed to send Michael Young to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers: RP Josh Lindblom and RP Lisalverto Bonilla.
Here’s a breakdown of who’s affected most by this trade.
Young trades in one of the league’s best home ballparks for one that’s decidedly more league average, especially for right-handed hitters. A quick look at his home/road splits during his 13 years with the Rangers bears this out; Young has a career .791 OPS, but his OPS on the road is just .736 versus .848 at home. To put that in perspective, Jeff Keppinger‘s career OPS is .733.
And Philadelphia’s lineup doesn’t hold a candle to what the Ranger’s boast — even if they don’t resign Josh Hamilton. Young projects to bat fifth for the Phillies, a spot that puts him right behind a pair of All-Stars…if this were 2010. He also gets lineup protection from the hulking ...