July 19th, 2000...a young second baseman made his Major-League debut for the Rangers.
Twelve years later, and franchise leader in games played and hits, among many other categories, Michael Young's tenure as a Texas Ranger has ended.
He has waived his 10-5 right (short version - no-trade clause) and accepted a trade to the Philadelphia Phillies. The Rangers will cover $10M of his $16M contract in 2013, and also a $1.2M check for waiving his No-Trade clause. The $1.2M is essentially the difference in state taxes.
In return the Rangers have recieved RP Josh Lindblom and minor league pitcher Lisalvetro Bonilla.
Lindbolm - RHP, age:25, was drafted by the Dodgers, but traded to Philadelphia last season in a package in exchange for Shane Victorino. In two ML season, he has thrown 100.2 innings, 3.31 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 98 Ks, and 45 BB. He is a very controllable pitcher for the Rangers and still has minor league options remaining. No doubtedly he will be added to the 40-man roster.
Bonilla - RHP, age:22, pitched for the Phillies AA-affiliate Reading last season. He is originally from Samana, DO. Like Lindbolm is a very controllable prospect with only two years of professional baseball service time. Currently ranked #22 in the Phillies farm system Bonilla will be a project for the Rangers. A risk, but a pitcher with a high-upside. Coming off an injury that cut his 2012 season short, but shouldn't affect him going forward, Bonilla has struggled with his command in the Dominican Winter League. But in 31 High-A and AA relief appearances in 2012 he posted a 1.55 ERA.
Bonilla is similar to the acquistion of Roman Mendez in the Jarrod Saltalamacchia trade, store the name away, but by 2014 we will likely begin hearing it more often. Lindbolm is similar to Mark Lowe acquistion along with Cliff Lee from Seattle, except Lindbolm has a higher ceiling, is younger, and is contrallable more than two years.
This continues the Rangers pattern of getting contrallable relief arms...Lowe, Mike Adams, Koji Uehara, and now Lindbolm.
To analyze what Michael Young has meant and is to this Rangers franchise, is a story for another day. I will miss him, sad to see him go, but, he especially, understands the business of this decision. Rangers are in the business of winning and putting the best team on the table, and do it with tons of honor (that can never be challenged).
Is this the end of Young's Ranger career? Maybe not, it is for 2013, but he has already told the Phillies he has no desire to sign or talk any extension. Door remains open...