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Phillies Get Michael Young From Rangers to Fill Third Base Spot

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Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) -- The Philadelphia Phillies acquired third baseman Michael Young from the Texas Rangers for a pair of right-handed relief pitchers, bolstering a position at which they had seven different starters last season.

Young, 36, spent his first 13 Major League Baseball seasons with the Rangers, making seven All-Star appearances, and is the franchise’s all-time leader in hits, runs, doubles, triples and games-played.

A career .301 hitter, Young batted .277 with eight home runs and 67 runs batted last season. While he started at all four infield positions for the Rangers, he’ll probably take over at third base in Philadelphia, which had Placido Polanco, Kevin Frandsen, Mike Fontenot, Ty Wigginton, Pete Orr, Michael Martinez and Hector Luna all start at least one game at the position this year.

“Michael brings a lot to our team, not just on the field, but off it as well,” Phillies General Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday in a statement. “He has been one of the premiere hitters in the American League for a decade and is someone who has a tremendous presence in the clubhouse.”

Young in 2011 hit a career-best .338 with 11 homers and 106 RBI for Texas while leading the AL with 213 hits. He won the 2005 AL batting title with a .331 average.

The Rangers received Josh Lindblom, 25, and Lisalverto Bonilla, 22, for Young. Lindblom was 3-5 with one save and a 3.55 earned run average in 74 games for the Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers last season, while Bonilla averaged 12.4 strikeouts per nine innings at the Class-A minor-league level.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net