DALLAS Even though Michael Young had become known as the Face of the Texas Rangers, he knew it was time to go.
The Rangers started making that clear around Thanksgiving, when they informed Young through his agent Dan Lozano that the club's all-time hits leader would get somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 at-bats in 2013.
Young was OK with that, as long as he would have a chance to earn more by performing well. When it didn't look like that would be the case, Young was ready to move on if the right situation arose.
That situation came about during the winter meetings last week in Nashville with the Philadelphia Phillies. The deal was closed Sunday as the Rangers sent Young, 36, and approximately 10 million to Philadelphia in exchange for right-handers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla.
Getting a chance to be the everyday third baseman for the Phillies was the opportunity Young was looking for, once he knew that it would be okay with his wife and three children.