Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 12/8/12
The Texas Rangers are going to have to find a new face of the franchise. Michael Young, the team's all-time leader in games played and hits and the unofficial captain of the club, was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for a pair of minor leaguers Saturday according to a source. Young, 36, is expected to be the starting third baseman for Philadelphia. There were no guarantees for playing time in Texas as the Rangers are looking for a way to get Jurickson Profar in the lineup. Young waived his no-trade clause to accept the deal. He's in the final year of a contract and will earn 16 million, with the Rangers picking up approximately 10 million of that. He'll also receive 1.2 million in compensation because of the differences in taxes in Texas and Pennsylvania. The Rangers and Phillies began discussing a Young deal at the winter meetings in Nashville. This isn't the first time Young's name has come up in trade rumors in the last couple of years. Two years ago Young wanted to be traded after the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre and moved Young from third to a super utility position. No deal was struck and Young responded with one of his best seasons, earning an All-Star nod and collecting a career high 106 RBI. He also finished eighth in the American League Most Valuable Player voting. He couldn't follow that up in 2012. Young, who has been with the Rangers since he was acquired from Toronto in 2000, had one of his worst seasons as he hit just .277 with eight home runs and 67 RBIs. It was his lowest homer total in a full season and his worst RBI total since 2002. In exchange for Young the Rangers are getting right-handed reliever Josh Lindblom and minor league pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla. Lindblom pitched in 74 games between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Phillies this year, going 3-5 with a 3.55 ERA. Young was a seven time All-Star with the Rangers and has a club record 2,230 hits. That's a big payoff for a player the Rangers acquired on July 19, 2000 along with Darwin Cubillan for pitcher Esteban Loaiza.
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