Phillies trade Michael Young to Dodgers

Phillies trade Michael Young to Dodgers
August 31, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Michael Young is batting .276 with eight homers and 42 RBIs this season. (USA Today Images)

CHICAGO -- The Phillies traded infielder Michael Young to the Los Angeles Dodgers for minor-league pitcher Rob Rasmussen on Saturday night.
Rasmussen is a 24-year-old lefty. He has pitched at Double A and Triple A in the Dodgers system this season. He has struggled at Triple A, recording a 6.46 ERA in 12 games, 10 of which were starts. He has pitched better at Double A, recording a 2.55 ERA in 16 games, 14 starts.
By being dealt before midnight, Young will be eligible to play in the postseason for the Dodgers, who are cruising to the NL West title.
Young, 36, waived his no-trade clause to join the Dodgers. He played in 126 games for the Phillies and hit .276 with eight homers and 42 RBIs. Young had three hits in the Phillies’ 4-3 loss to the Cubs on Saturday. He had four hits in Friday’s game.
Young is the second veteran infielder to be shipped out by the Phils on Saturday. Earlier, the team sent John McDonald to Boston for a minor-league reliever.
Young has played third base and first base for the Phillies this season. He played third the last two games as Cody Asche dealt with a minor hamstring issue. Asche is expected to return to the lineup on Sunday.
With Young gone and Ryan Howard out with a knee injury, Darin Ruf is expected to get most of the reps at first base. Kevin Frandsen and John Mayberry Jr. can also play the position. Minor-league slugging prospect Maikel Franco has recently started playing first base. He could be a long shot possibility to get some time at the position in September if the Phils decide to bring him up.

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