UPDATE (2:34 p.m.): Young has announced he is leaving Texas for Philly and Josh Lindblom has been informed that he is a Ranger. The deal is done. Announcement expected this afternoon.
After three days of waiting, Michael Young made a decision. He simply got an offer he couldn’t refuse.
The Phillies agreed to trade for the infielder with the intention that he would start at third base next season. Young has a full no-trade clause in his contract, and because of his 12 season with the Texas Rangers, had the right to veto any trade. The Rangers did their part to make sure this deal went through by letting Young know from the start he wouldn’t be more than a backup in Texas.
After weighing the decision to play full-time in Philadelphia or remain a backup in the only city he’s known for his entire career, Young has agreed to waive his no-trade clause for a trade to the Phillies, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
The Phillies will get Young and a considerable amount of cash, according to earlier reports, for relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and Double-A reliever Lisalverto Bonilla.
Grant noted in his report that the piece that many were waiting for – Young to waive the clause – is done, but there is some serious financial factors being worked out at this moment and also possible pending physical that may keep the deal from being announced soon. But there is speculation that the deal will be announced today.