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Phillies confirm trade for INF Michael Young

Texas Rangers' Michael Young talks to the media after reporting to baseball spring training, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Texas Rangers' Michael Young talks to the media after reporting to baseball spring training, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Phillies land Young

Michael Young’s leadership skills were as attractive to the Philadelphia Phillies as his hitting ability.

The Phillies acquired the seven-time All-Star infielder from the Texas Rangers for two relief pitchers, filling a void at third base. The deal was announced yesterday, a day after Young agreed to waive his no-trade clause.

The Rangers get right-hander Josh Lindblom and minor league righty Lisalverto Bonilla. The Rangers also will pay a significant portion of Young’s salary for 2013. Young is due to earn $16 million. Reports said the Phillies will pay him about $6 million.

Young batted .277 with eight homers and 67 RBI in 2012, a down year for him. He hit .288 with runners in scoring position and .333 against left-handed pitchers. He made 40 starts at first base, 25 at third base, 14 at second base and four at shortstop.

From 2003-11, Young hit at least .300 seven times and averaged 17 homers and 90 RBI.

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