As you read here on Saturday, Rangers veteran Michael Young waived his no-trade clause, approving a deal to the Phillies, who sent two righty hurlers to Texas. The 36-year-old Young, slated to be the Phillies’ everyday third baseman next season, is a seven-time All-Star and career .301/.347/.444 hitter. With those credentials, he commanded a quality return, as the Rangers acquired reliever Josh Lindblom and prospect Lisalverto Bonilla.
Phillies fans got a sizable sampling of Lindblom last season, after he was acquired from the Dodgers in the Shane Victorino trade. The 25-year-old posted a 1-3 record with 1 save, a 1.53 WHIP and a 4.63 ERA in 26 games for the Phils. Often critiqued for being a fly ball pitcher, Lindblom was not seen as being an ideal type to dominate at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park.
With Justin De Fratus, Phillippe Aumont, Mike Stutes and several other names all having strong reliever make ups and being a similar age to Lindblom or younger, the club didn’t hesitate to move the former 2nd round draft selection to help fill a spot in the daily lineup.
The youngster given up in this deal, Bonilla, is a strong prospect that would have represented the Phillies in the MLB All-Star Futures Game last season, if he hadn’t injured himself while horsing around at the hotel in Kansas City that weekend.
The Dominican native first began to make his name known in 2011 as a member of the Class A Lakewood staff. In 26 outings that season (15 starts), Bonilla, who stands 6-foot-1 and is listed generously by the Phillies at 175-pounds, sported a 2.80 ERA while striking out 95 batters and walking 29 in 106 innings pitched. He followed that up with a great campaign in 2012 Continue reading Phils Trade From Depth