Major League Baseball has approved the trade of Michael Young to Philadelphia after approving of the financial aspects of a deal that has the Rangers eating $10 million of the $16 million he is owed this season.
General manager Jon Daniels called the trade a difficult decision, but said it was made after explaining to Young early this off-season that he might have trouble getting his usual at-bats in 2013.
The Rangers, said Daniels, were open with Young about the direction the club might head next season because of its infield depth. Daniels said that he and his staff have considered moving Ian Kinsler to first base, and he acknowledged that Jurickson Profar will get a chance to be on the Opening Day roster.
At that point, Young would have seen a significant reduction in his at-bats, but the Rangers expressed to him that they valued what role he would have filled had he not been dealt.
"With the depth we have in our infield and some of the other moves that we’re looking at, it was likely that Michael wasn’t going to have everyday at-bats here," said Daniels, who approached agent Dan Lozano on Tuesday that the Phillies had interest in Young. "There’s still a lot of value having someone like that in the organization."
Said manager Ron Washington: "This is a very, very, very tough situation. He's always been my go-to guy for the six years I've been here. The leadership that he brought to the clubhouse, the leadership he brought on the field and the leadership he has in the community is something that we sorely will miss.
"We saw it was going a different direction, and we tried to do whatever we could to make it a good situation for Michael. Such a professional. If there was crying in baseball, I guess I would cry. But I'm certainly sad. He meant so much to us."
The Rangers received right-handers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla, a minor-leaguer, for Young. Lindblom, it appears, will fill one of the remaining vacancies the Rangers have for their bullpen.
-- Jeff Wilson