On Friday, news broke that Tyson Ross was rejoining the San Diego Padres on a minor league deal.
Just minutes later, San Diego UT’s Dennis Lin reported that the Padres are also bringing back 38-year-old pitcher, Chris Young.
Like Ross, the deal is a minor league deal, but both pitchers are expected to fight for a spot in the starting rotation throughout spring training.
Young started his career with the Texas Rangers, but played with the Padres from 2006-2010. In his five years with the Friars, the Dallas native had a 33-25 record, a 3.60 ERA, a 1.191 WHIP, and inclusively made an MLB All-Star Game in 2007. In his all-star year in 2007, the lanky right-hander posted a 3.12 ERA and a league-low 6.1 hits per nine innings.
Since his departure from San Diego in 2010, Young has been a journeyman, playing with the New York Mets, Seattle Mariners, and Kansas City Royals.
He has enjoyed success on his journey, winning the AL Comeback Player of the Year in 2014 with Seattle and a World Series title with the Royals in 2015. The 6-foot-10 right-hander was used as a long reliever and starter in Kansas City from 2015-2017 and he even had the fortune of pitching in game 1 of the 2015 World Series and picking up a win.
2017 was not a great year for Young though, as he posted a 7.50 ERA in 30 innings pitched. He started two games during the season, but was mostly used coming out of the bullpen for Ned Yost and the Kansas City Royals.
Source: The Padres also are bringing back veteran right-hander Chris Young on a minor league deal. Like Tyson Ross, he'll compete for a rotation job.
— Dennis Lin (@sdutdennislin) December 30, 2017
Young should be a good veteran to have around the clubhouse and guide some of the younger players on the Padres if he does end up making the club.
There are sure to be more moves. Stay tuned, Padre’ fans.
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