We might be Young, tonight.
Michael Young, 36, will likely accept a trade to the Phillies, according to Rangers beat reporter TR Sullivan:
Michael Young’s time with the Rangers appears to be over. Industry sources are indicating that the trade could go down today with Young accepting a move to the Phillies. Young is the Rangers all-time leader in multiple categories but he is headed for Philadelphia.
This feels a lot like the Roy Oswalt trade, with the Phillies waiting for a Texas Ranger (UPDATE: Obviously, from Texas– Oswalt was an Astro) to decide if he wants to come to the East Coast.
Young has one year remaining on his deal that will pay him $16 million. It has been reported that the Rangers will pick up a substantial portion of his contract.
We’ll update the post when we can.
UPDATE: The deal is done. Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Young agreed to the deal after receiving $1.2 million in benefits and getting a full no-trade clause from the Phils, which he already had as part of his original contract. He also reportedly told the Phillies he does not want an extension beyond 2013, meaning that he views this as a one-year rental so he can continue to be a starter. The $1.2 million is reportedly to offset tax differences. The Rangers will pay about $10 million of his salary. They will receive Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla from the Phillies.