Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 12/8/12

SAN FRANCISCO - JUNE 21: Michael Young #10 of the Texas Rangers looks on against the San Francisco Giants during a Major League Baseball game on June 21, 2009 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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. Michael Young 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 Domonic Brown, who hit his way to a .712 OPS last year. Who needs Adrian Beltre, Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, and (maybe) Hamilton? On the bright side, Young figures to get more playing time in Philadelphia. Even though Ron Washington was inexplicably enamored with Young last year, the ascension of Mike Olt would have undoubtedly cost Young playing time. The Phillies have no one besides Young, unless you consider Kevin Frandsen as somebody worth counting. This one positive note isn’t enough to make up for all the bad. Verdict: Young’s fantasy value took a sizable hit. Mike Olt The biggest winner in this trade is Olt, the 24-year-old slugger who’s now in line to take over starting DH duties. You might remember that Olt struggled famously upon his call-up last year; he struck out in 13 of his 33 at-bats (32.5%) and batted just .152 with nary a homer. The good news is that, right now at least, Texas doesn’t really have anyone else. Jurickson Profar will probably challenge for playing time, but Olt is going to get the first shot. And probably a very extended shot at that. He strikes out a lot, he walks a lot, and he could threaten 30 homers if he plays every day. I wouldn’t bet the house on him displaying that much power with just 40 plate appearances under his belt, but don’t be surprised if it happens. Verdict: Olt goes from someone to might draft in the later rounds to someone you should actually target. Ryan Howard Before the trade, Howard was getting lineup protection from some combination of Dom Brown, John Mayberry Jr., Frandsen, and (when he returns in a month) Carlos Ruiz. If I’m an opposing pitcher, I’m pitching around Howard without any fear of the consequences. That means a lot of walks and very few good pitches to hit. Young isn’t even close to his old self, or even his 2011 self, but he might make pitchers think twice about giving Howard a free pass. Verdict: Howard gets a very small, indirect boost. Kevin Frandsen Frandsen was the Phillies’ starting third baseman, but we didn’t actually expect that to be the case come Opening Day, right? Verdict: Technically his value took a hit based on where he was before the trade, but Frandsen now returns to his normal bench role.
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