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Evaluating the Michael Young Trade

It was made official Sunday morning that the Phillies acquired 3B Michael Young and cash from the Texas Rangers for reliever Josh Lindblom and prospect Lisalverto Bonilla.

It was a good fit for both teams, with the Phillies needing a third baseman and Young wanting to continue to compete as he waived his no trade clause to Philadelphia.

“The baseball part was easy,” Young told reporters on Monday in Texas. “I have a great opportunity in Philadelphia, having the opportunity to go from one great team to another. They have a position for me; I was ready for a new challenge. I like a new challenge. As a competitor, I want to see what it’s like. The hard part was my family and what it would be like for them, being away for a summer. But once we embraced that, the baseball part was easy.”

The Phillies filled a huge hole at third for one season, prolonging their search for a more permanent solution at the hot corner. They did so without giving up too much, especially while boasting a deep and rich farm system of pitchers.

Lindblom was acquired in the Shane Victorino trade to the Dodgers before the deadline last season. He didn’t really wow the Phillies coaches, especially in late-game situations where they wanted him to pitch. Lindblom posted a 4.19 ERA in 38 2/3 innings of work in the 8th inning or later during the entire season.

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Phillies Trade Lindblom, Bonilla for Michael Young

UPDATE — The Phillies have acquired 3B Michael Young from the Texas Rangers.

The Phillies sent RHP Josh Lindblom and Minor League pitcher Lisalverto Bonilla to Texas for Young. Texas is expected to pay a sizable chunk of the $16 million owed to Young, who is 36.

In 74 games with the Dodgers and Phillies, Lindblom posted a 3-5 record and 3.55 ERA, striking out 70 in 74 innings of work. In 31 games between Clearwater and Reading, Bonilla posted a 3-2 record and 1.55 ERA.

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Lindblom Loses In 9th; Phillies Eliminated

Marlins 2, Phillies 1
WP – Steve Cishek (5-2, 2.77)
LP – Josh Lindblom (3-4, 3.34)

MIAMI — The Phillies have officially been eliminated from the playoffs.

Carlos Lee hit a walk-off single in the 9th inning off Josh Lindblom to beat the Phillies, 2-1, officially ending their season.

Cliff Lee went seven innings, allowing a run on three hits while striking out five in the no-decision.

The Phillies tied the game up in the 8th on an RBI single by Jimmy Rollins.

2B: Mayberry (24).

Boxscore.

Natitude: Lee Earns First Win At Home; Phils Sweep

Phillies 4, Nationals 1
WP – Cliff Lee (3-7, 3.67)
LP – Jordan Zimmerman (9-8, 2.63)
SV – Josh Lindblom (1)

PHILADELPHIA — It took until August 26 for Cliff Lee to earn a winning decision at Citizens Bank Park this season.

For only his third win on the year, Lee shut down the Nationals and the Phillies earned a series sweep with their 4-1 victory Sunday afternoon. It was his first win at home since September 5 of last season.

It was a 0-0 tie heading into the 5th inning and the Phillies quickly erased that.

Lee hit a shot over the head of center fielder Bryce Harper’s head to score the first run of the game. Jimmy Rollins followed up with a two-run homer to right to give Philadelphia a 3-0 lead, resulting in Zimmerman’s day to end after the inning.

Lee went seven innings, allowing a run on seven hits while striking out five.

Josh Lindblom recorded the five out save for his first Major League save. The Phillies didn’t want to use Jonathan Papelbon, who pitched in three straight games and four of the last five games.

Rollins and Laynce Nix homered in the win. Nix’s solo shot in the 6th inning made it a 4-0 game and it was his first homer off a left-handed pitcher since 2004.

2B: Lee (2). HR: Rollins (15), Nix (3).

Boxscore.

2013 Is on Manuel’s Mind the Rest of the Way

Phillies RF Domonic Brown fails to catch Milwaukee’s Corey Hart’s 8th inning grandslam Thursday night. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

MILWAUKEE — Everybody wants to win, even managaer Charlie Manuel.

But Manual and the Phillies find themselves in a different situation this year that has yet to be accepted by the fan base.

I get it, there is still a glimmer of hope on this season with 44 games to play and their being an extra wild card spot this season, but after five seasons of winning it has gotten to the heads of this fan base that losing is not as evitable as it pretty much is.

In Matt Gelb’s blog post late last night, he talks about this very thing, making a similar point I was making to a few friends last night about what manager Charlie Manuel did last night as far as decision making.

With a man on in the 8th inning and Ryan Braun due up, Manuel walked out to the mound with the hook, pulling Lee from the game while holding a 4-3 lead over the Brewers. It was the right move that made the most sense seeing as Lee was at 111 pitches and allowed three home runs already, two of them to the reigning National League MVP.

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Shot Through the Hart: 8th Inning Slam By Hart Leads Brewers Over Phillies

Phillies 3B Kevin Frandsen stands on second after his three-run double in the 5th inning. (Photo by Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

Brewers 7, Phillies 4
WP – Livan Hernandez (4-1, 5.06)
LP – Josh Lindlbom (2-3, 3.76)
SV – Jim Henderson (3)

MILWAUKEE — Cliff Lee was in line for the win.

Instead, he took a no-decision thanks to another late-game meltdown by the bullpen. Corey Hart’s grand slam off Josh Lindblom in the 8th gave the Brewers a come-back 7-4 win over the Phillies in Milwaukee.

It looked like the ball could have been caught by Domonic Brown, but the right fielder miss-judged the ball and it hit off the top of the wall next to his glove and went into the Phillies bull pen for the home run.

It all wasted a huge three-run double by Kevin Frandsen in the 5th inning.

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Bastardo’s Implosion Spoils Comeback

Braves 12, Phillies 6
WP – Chad Durbin (4-1, 3.07)
LP – Antonio Bastardo (2-4, 5.45)

PHILADELPHIA — With the swing of a bat, Ryan Howard capped a five-run comeback in the 5th inning to give the Phillies new life.

But the rally was lost in the 7th and Antonio Bastardo on the mound. Melting down in relief, Bastardo was shelled and the five-run 5th was erased as the Phillies lost 12-6.

Bastardo was beat up for three runs in the 7th. After getting the first two outs, he gave up a double and a pair of walks before being lifted for Josh Lindblom.

Lindblom proceeded to give up a bases-clearing double to Chipper Jones that gave the Braves a 9-6 lead. Atlanta scored one more in the inning off a throwing error by third baseman Kevin Frandsen.

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Kratz Steps Up In Ruiz’s Absence; Phillies Win

Phillies catcher Erik Kratz crosses home after his solo homer in the 3rd inning. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Phillies 3, Diamondbacks 0
WP – Roy Halladay (5-6, 4.02)
LP – Joe Saunders (6-7, 3.57)
SV – Jonathan Papelbon (24)

PHILADELPHIA — Bad news soured an already bad season for the Phillies earlier today when they learned All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz would be out until the middle of September with plantar fasciitis.

32-year-old Erik Kratz filled in the role just nicely, driving in two Phillies runs in a 3-0 win over Arizona Saturday night. It was another good showing from Kratz, who is playing for a potential back-up catcher spot for next season.

A Kratz solo home run in the 3rd inning was the game’s first run. It was the 4th homer on the season for Kratz, who has been up and down with the Phillies all season.

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Phillies Trade Victorino to Dodgers

UPDATE — Shane Victorino has officially been traded to the Dodgers for reliever Josh Lindblom and Minor League pitcher Ethan Martin.

ORIGINAL — Shane Victorino’s tenure as a Phillie may officially end by 4 PM today.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are working on a deal with the Phillies that will send Victorino to Hollywood.

In Jayson Stark’s report, he said the Phillies and Dodgers have a deal in place that will include Josh Lindblom and another player.

Lindblom, 25, is a right-handed reliever with two years of Major League ball under his belt. Lindblom is 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 48 games this season, striking out 43 in 47 2/3 innings.

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