The Dodgers acquired 2005 Amerian League batting champion Michael Young and cash considerations from the Phillies tonight. To complete the transaction, Los Angeles sent left handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen to Philadelphia.
A local product, Young attended Bishop Amat high school before attending UC Santa Barbara. A fifth round pick of the Blue Jays in 1997, Young debuted in the Major Leagues with the Texas Rangers in 2000.
In 2004, Young was an American League All Star, starting a string of six straight appearances in the Mid-Summer Classic. He also made the All Star team in 2011.
Young recorded at least 200 hits in every season from 2003-2007, including a career high 221 hits in 2005 when he led the league with a .331 batting average. After amassing 382 hits in 2011 and 2012 for Texas, Young was traded to the Phillies for Lisalverto Bonilla and Josh Lindblom.
This season with the Phillies, Young played in 125 of his team’s 135 games appearing defensively at first and third base. Young complied a .272 average with 37 extra-base hits and 41 runs batted in. His 126 hits with Philadelphia would rank second on the Dodger team only behind Adrian Gonzalez' 145.
To obtain Young, the Dodgers had to part with the highly-regarded Rasmussen. The 24-year old is also a local product, prepping at Pasadena Poly before attending USC.
Rasmussen appeared overmatched at Triple-A Albuquerque this season, going 0-7 with a 6.46 earned run average. His numbers improved at Double-A Chattanooga where he was 3-4 with a 2.55 ERA in 16 appearances.