PHILADELPHIA — Michael Young chose a full-time role over staying home.
A person familiar with the trade said the Philadelphia Phillies have acquired the seven-time All-Star infielder from the Texas Rangers for two relief pitchers.
Young agreed to waive his no-trade clause Saturday, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been announced. The Rangers also will pay a significant portion of Young’s salary for 2013. Young is due to earn $16 million, and reports stated the Phillies will pay him only about $6 million of it.
Young, who has spent all 12 of his seasons in the majors with the Rangers, leaves as the club’s career leader in hits (2,230) and other categories, including runs, doubles and triples. He has a .301 career average with 177 homers, 984 RBI and a .347 on-base percentage.
The Phillies sent right-hander Josh Lindblom and minor league righty Lisalverto Bonilla to the Rangers to get Young, who fills a void at third base. Lindblom was acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31 for two-time All-Star center fielder Shane Victorino.
Young batted .277 with eight homers and 67 RBI in 2012. In the nine previous seasons, Young hit at least .300 seven times and averaged 17 homers and 90 RBI.
Young hasn’t play third base regularly since 2010. He agreed to the trade rather than accept a utility role in Texas.
YANKEES: Alex Rodriguez went to see doctors with hopes of finding something wrong. When they actually located a problem, only then did he start feeling a bit better.
The third baseman said Saturday that not only are plans set for him to have surgery on his left hip in mid-January, but that he’s also eager to embrace the challenge of coming back from both the operation and an unbelievably abysmal finish to last season. It’s expected that Rodriguez, who will be making his sixth trip to the disabled list in six seasons, could be sidelined until the All-Star break.
“I’m not concerned,” he said. “I’m actually, in many ways, relieved that there’s something tangible that we can go fix.”
DIAMONDBACKS: Right-hander Brandon McCarthy reached an agreement with Arizona on a $15.5 million, two-year contract, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said.
McCarthy was hit in the right side of the head by a line drive off the bat of the Los Angeles Angels’ Erick Aybar on Sept. 5. The 29-year-old pitcher sustained an epidural hemorrhage, brain contusion and skull fracture, then underwent a two-hour surgery.
GIANTS: Center fielder Angel Pagan and second baseman Marco Scutaro have completed their new contracts with San Francisco.
Both players signed after passing physicals, vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans said. Pagan received a $40 million, four-year contract Monday, then Scutaro reached agreement a day later on a $20 million, three-year deal with the World Series champions.