While not officially official, Texas Rangers' Face of the Franchise will be donning a new uniform next season.
Michael Young has been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies. We are sad to see him go, but it is the best move for both the Rangers and Michael Young.
He will play 3rd base everyday for Philly. In Arlington, his playing time was going to decrease. Texas is loaded in the infield with Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus, Mitch Morleand, and Ian Kinsler. Not mention youngsters Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt who need at bats in 2013.
Young had a down year in 2012. That does not diminish what he did for this organization over the past decade. He played every position in the infield. He put up 200+ hits many times. He was a clubhouse leader. He was an integral part of the building of Texas into a perennial contender.
Michael Young, you will be missed. Best of luck. Thanks for the memories.