Dec. 8, 2012
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Purdue baseball alumnus Josh Lindblom has been traded for the second time this year, going to the Texas Rangers as part of a three-player deal that landed Lindblom's old team, the Philadelphia Phillies, seven-time MLB All-Star Michael Young.
On July 31, Lindblom was part of a trade deadline deal that sent Shane Victorino from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lindblom was selected by the Dodgers in the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft after pitching for Purdue in 2007 and 2008. He made his Major League debut with Los Angeles in June 2011 and has been in the Big Leagues since September of that season.
Minor Leaguer Lisalverto Bonilla, also a right-handed reliever, was also part of the Texas-Philadelphia deal Dec. 8. Young had to waive his no-trade rights for the trade to go through. The veteran had been a member of the Rangers since 2000. Bonilla is a prospect who spent most of the 2012 season at the Double-A level and was part of the MLB Futures Game roster.
Lindblom moves to the American League for the first time in his career. He joins a Rangers organization that has made the playoffs in three consecutive seasons, winning 90 games each year while compiling a combined record of 279-207. Texas is projected to remain a contender in its division and the American League with the majority of the core of the team still in place.
Lindblom pitched in 74 games last season, recording three wins, a save, 22 holds and 70 strikeouts in 71 innings. He has now pitched in over 100 games during his career at the Major League level.
The Lafayette native's Lindblom Foundation was scheduled to host the Second Annual Charity Game Night at the Lafayette Theater the same night the trade was completed. Proceeds of the event were set to be donated to the Vision of Hope and Tippecanoe County Backpack Program.