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PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Young chose a full-time role over staying home.

A person familiar with the trade said the Philadelphia Phillies have acquired the seven-time all-star infielder from the Texas Rangers for two relief pitchers.

Young agreed to waive his no-trade clause on Saturday, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn't been announced. The Rangers also will pay a significant portion of Young's salary for 2013. Young is due to earn $16 million, and reports stated the Phillies will pay him only about $6 million of it.

The Phillies sent right-hander Josh Lindblom and minor league righty Lisalverto Bonilla to the Rangers to get Young, who fills a void at third base.

A-Rod keen to fix hip, tattered reputation

MIAMI -- Alex Rodriguez went to see doctors with hopes of finding something wrong. When they actually located a problem, only then did he start feeling a bit better.

The New York Yankees' third baseman said Saturday that not only are plans set for him to have surgery on his left hip in mid-January, but that he's also eager to embrace the challenge of coming back from both the operation and an unbelievably abysmal finish to last season. It's expected that Rodriguez, who will be making his sixth trip to the disabled list in six seasons, could be sidelined until the All-Star break.

"I'm not concerned," Rodriguez told The Associated Press. "I'm actually, in many ways, relieved that there's something tangible that we can go fix."

Rodriguez had surgery on his right hip in 2009, missed about the first month of the season and still finished with 30 home runs and 100 RBIs -- plus helped the Yankees win the World Series. This surgery is more complex, since it'll repair not only a torn labrum but also a bone impingement and a cyst. The surgery will be performed next month.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 9, 2012 B16

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