The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired infielder Michael Young from the Philadelphia Phillies Saturday night, in exchange for minor-league pitcher Rob Rasmussen.
Young, a seven-time All-Star infielder, brings versatility as well as a solid right handed bat to the Dodgers. He will likely backup third baseman Juan Uribe and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez as well as pinch hit. He is batting .276 with eight home runs, 24 doubles, 42 RBIs and 49 runs scored in 126 games this season with Philadelphia.
“He’s somebody who brings World Series experience, one of the classier people in the game, a winner,” said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. “I think he’s a professional player that’s got a chance to help us. We’ve got a long way to go, and when you can add people at this time of year that bring what he brings, we’ve gone for it and we’ll continue to go for it.”
Young, 36, waived his no-trade clause to join the Dodgers. He was drafted in 1997 out of the University of California-Santa Barbara.
The Dodgers will owe Young approximately $1 million, the portion of his 2013 contract the Phillies agreed to pay when they acquired him from Texas last December. He will be a free agent after the season.
“He makes us stronger,” said manager Don Mattingly. “He gives us more options and gives us a chance to spell Adrian, also if we want to spell Juan. What we’re doing is working and we like the guys that we have. Michael just adds to it.”