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By The Sports Xchange December 9, 2012 7:30 PM
The Philadelphia Phillies announced Sunday that they acquired infielder Michael Young from the Texas Rangers for right-handed relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and minor league righty Lisalberto Bonilla. Young, who wants to play more regularly, dropped his no-trade clause to go to Philadelphia. The Phillies will pay $6 million of Young's $16 million salary for next year. Young also gets a $1.2 million bonus for waiving his no-trade clause. Young, 36, spent the first 12 years of his career with the Rangers. His role with Texas would have decreased next season after he struggled to a .277 batting average this year, his lowest in 10 years. He also had career lows with eight home runs and a .682 OPS. He was the Rangers' designated hitter in 2012 but also played parts of 86 games at all four infield positions. Young, a career .301 hitter with 984 RBIs, is third all-time for the Rangers in both categories. ---The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached a contract agreement with left-handed pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin, a seven-time All-Star in the Korean league, ESPN.com reported Sunday. The Dodgers had a 5 p.m. deadline to sign Ryu. The Dodgers had bid $25.7 million for a chance to sign Kyu, 25, and the team will now pay that fee to his team in Korea, the Hanwha Eagles. Ryu went 9-9 with a 2.66 ERA last season for Hanwha, with 210 strikeouts in 182 2/3 innings. He is 98-52 with a 2.80 lifetime ERA. ---The reported $147 million free agent contract the Dodgers and starting pitcher Zach Greinke agreed to is expected to be made official on Tuesday. It is the largest deal ever for a right-handed pitcher and Greinke's average salary of $24.5 million for the six-year deal is the most for a pitcher in Major League Baseball history. The deal is contingent on Greinke passing a physical exam. Jim Bowden, currently an ESPN and SiriusXM analyst, reported that Greinke's deal does not include a no-trade clause but he can opt after three years. It includes a $12 million signing bonus. Greinke's deal gives him a base salary of $17 million in 2013 and jumps to $24 million the following year, not including the bonus. ---New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said he expects a big 2013 even though he is having hip surgery in mid-January. Rodriguez reportedly could miss up to half the season because of the surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. The Yankees said the recovery time is four to six months. "Look, we've read this script and seen this movie before, and hopefully it has the same ending (as 2009)," he said. "In '09, I remember, when I went down, a lot of people counted us out, and we had a pretty tough April. But sometime around May, the magic started, and it just got better and better." Rodriguez had right hip surgery that year and the Yankees won their last World Series.