The Phillies have been trying to acquire Young for over a year, and it appears that they have finally completed a deal involving to RH relievers with live arms in Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla.
Michael Young (36) has a long list of past accolades but they mean little now on the field as he is well into his decline phase. At the plate Young will provide a good amount of contact but there is little power or walk ability to supplement. At one point in his career Young was a good baserunner but at this point he is below average and is merely a station to station runner. In the field Young isn’t good let alone average at anywhere other than DH, but he can play third base and that is where the Phillies intend to play him full time. The Rangers are paying $10 million of Young’s $16 million 2013 salary.
Josh Lindblom (25) was acquired from the Dodgers in the Victorino trade along with Ethan Martin. Lindblom is a live armed reliever with a mid-90s fastball and slurvy breaking ball. Lindblom profiles as a middle reliever and his future in the big leagues is contingent on getting his home run tendencies under control..
Lisalverto Bonilla (22) was the Phillies #12 prospect going into 2012, and he proceeded to dominate out of the bullpen before getting an invite to Futures Game where a self inflicted injury ended his season. Out of the bullpen Bonilla has a plus fastball and plus to plus plus change up to along with an average breaking ball. If he stays in the bullpen he could be ready as a late inning reliever as soon as 2013. If he returns to the rotation he has the ceiling of a mid rotation starter but there are some injury and size concerns about his future as a starter.
This seems like a lot to give up for a barely above replacement level player, especially if the Rangers put Bonilla back in the rotation. However, despite the overpay the Phillies have not significantly weakened themselves as the system is flush with RH relievers.