Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired veteran acquired infielder Michael Young from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor-league pitcher Rob Rasmussen.
The 36-year-old Young will be used a bench player who can give third baseman Juan Uribe and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez a break as well as pinch hit. He is batting .272 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs this season.
Rasmussen, a left-hander, is 3-4 with a 2.55 ERA at Double-A Chattanooga.
According to Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, they traded for Young because of his postseason experience and reputation as a team leader.
“I think he’s a professional player that’s got a chance to help us,” said Colletti. “We’ve got a long way to go and, when you can add people this time of year who bring what he brings, you act. We’ve gone for it, we’ll continue to go for it.”
The Dodgers will shoulder about $1 million of Young’s $16 million salary. They also received cash from Philadelphia, the same, prorated amount the Texas Rangers were paying of Young’s salary.
The deal was finalized about 15 minutes before Saturday night’s deadline for players to be eligible for the postseason roster.
“This is a guy that can hit. He makes us stronger, gives us more options,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “What we’re doing is working. We like the guys that we have. Michael just adds to it.”
The Dodgers went into this season with Luis Cruz as their everyday third baseman but he batted just.127 in 45 games. Uribe inherited the job and had helped stabilize the left side of the Dodgers infield by playing excellent defense.
“I’m not mad,” said Uribe, who is batting .268 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs going into Saturday. “I came into the year without a position. I do my job and play when the manager tells me to play.”
To make room on their 40-man roster, the Dodgers transferred pitcher Josh Beckett to the 60-day disabled list.