The Phillies had hoped to head into the weekend with another hole on their roster filled, finishing off a productive week.
Instead, they were still waiting. And waiting. And waiting . . .
Heading into the weekend, the Rangers and the Phillies were still waiting for the key component of that deal, infielder Michael Young, to accept a trade to Philadelphia.
Young, 36, a seven-time All-Star, has played his entire big-league career with Texas. Since he has 10/5 rights - at least 10 years in the big leagues, at least 5 with his current team - Young can veto any trade.
Although he has strong ties in
Texas, Young isn't expected to be a starter for the infielder-rich Rangers in 2013. With the Phillies, he would take over as the everyday third baseman.
The deal was first reported as completed - agreed upon by the two teams, yet awaiting Young's approval - on Thursday morning.
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