Phillies Trade Michael Young, John McDonald for Pitching Depth
The Phillies have traded Michael Young and cash to the Dodgers and acquired LHP Rob Rasmussen. The 36-year old Young had to waive his no-trade clause to make the deal happen.
Young batted .276 with 24 doubles, four triples, eight home runs and 42 RBI in 126 games with Philadelphia this season, including seven hits in his last 10 at-bats prior to being traded. He has made 118 starts in the field this year: 101 at third base and 17 at first base.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters late Saturday that Michael Young will see playing time between third base and first base.
As for Rasmussen, a second-round pick in 2010, he was part of the package that sent Carlos Lee to the Marlins at last year's trade deadline. In 28 games this season (24 starts) between double-A Chattanooga and triple-A Albuquerque, Rasmussen has gone 3-11 with a 4.11 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 135.2 innings. The 24-year-old was selected by the Dodgers in the 2nd round of the June 2010 draft out of UCLA.
McDonald Traded to Boston
The Red Sox acquired utility man John McDonald from the Phillies for right-handed relief pitcher Nefi Ogando. The Phillies acquired McDonald on June 27 from the Indians for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Ogando, 24, was 2-3 with a 4.09 ERA in 33 games in the Carolina League (Single A) this season.