Philadelphia acquired third baseman Michael Young in a trade with the Texas Rangers, who got two relief pitchers.
PHILADELPHIA — Scratch third base from the to-do list of Philadelphia general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
After Texas’ Michael Young agreed to waive his no-trade rights Saturday, the Phillies completed a trade for the seven-time All-Star by sending right-handed relievers Josh Lindblom, 25, and Lisalverto Bonilla, 22, to the Rangers.
Young primarily has been a designated hitter for the Rangers the last two seasons, but he figures to receive the bulk of his playing time at third base with the Phillies.
Young, 36, has twice led the American League in hits, most recently in 2011, when he batted .338 with 41 doubles, 11 home runs and a career-high 106 RBI.
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In order to complete the trade, Young had to waive his no-trade rights. Texas agreed to pay about $10 million of his $16 million salary for 2013.
Free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers tried to close a deal worth $147 million over six years, a person familiar with the negotiations said on condition of anonymity because there was no completed contract.
Right-hander Greinke, 29, is the top arm on the open market. He has attracted interest from the Dodgers, Texas and the Los Angeles Angels.
Greinke started last season with Milwaukee and was traded to the Angels, going a combined 15-5 with a 3.48 earned-run average.
Greinke won the American League Cy Young Award in 2009, when he was with Kansas City.
• Outfielder Ryan Ludwick, 34, reportedly has agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal to return to Cincinnati.
• Third baseman Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees said he plans to have surgery on his left hip in mid-January.
Ex-Mariner Rodriguez, who hit .120 (3 for 25) and failed to drive in a run during this year’s playoffs, might be sidelined until the All-Star break.