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May 10, 2018 01:28 PM
Chris Young: Joins MLB in front office role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young accepted a position Thursday as the Vice President of On-Field Operations, effectively ending his playing career, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.

The soon-to-be 39-year-old was hoping to keep his playing career going in 2018, but was unable to find an opportunity after opting out of his minor-league deal with the Padres prior to the season. Young will call it quits after 13 MLB seasons with the Rangers, Padres, Mets, Mariners and Royals, finishing with a career 3.95 ERA across 1297.2 innings. He'll work under Joe Torre in his new role.

March 26, 2018 06:16 PM
Chris Young: Opts out of contract
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young has decided to opt out of his contract with the Padres, Bob Scanlan of FOX Sports San Diego reports.

Young has decided to search for big-league opportunities elsewhere after being informed by the Padres that he wouldn't make their Opening Day roster. Given his struggles over the past two seasons (combined 6.52 ERA and 1.75 WHIP across 118.2 innings), it may be tough for the 38-year-old to find a major-league gig.

March 26, 2018 05:24 PM
Padres' Chris Young: Fails to make roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young was told Monday that he won't make the Padres Opening Day roster, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Young's contract allows him to opt out if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster, and he is now expected to do so. A rotation spot opened up following Dinelson Lamet's elbow injury, but that spot will go to Robbie Erlin instead of Young. The 38-year-old righty has posted ERAs of 6.19 and 7.50 in the last two years, so he could have trouble finding another major-league job.

March 26, 2018 09:40 AM
Padres' Chris Young: Reemerges as rotation candidate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young could be reconsidered for a spot in the Padres' rotation to begin the season with Dinelson Lamet (elbow) expected to be sidelined until at least May, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Tribune reports.

After manager Andy Green revealed Sunday that Bryan Mitchell and Tyson Ross would remain in Arizona through Wednesday to toss simulated games to prepare for likely rotation assignments, it was assumed that Young was out of the mix for a starting role and would open the season as a long reliever for the Padres, if he was even included on the roster. However, after Lamet went down with the elbow injury during Sunday's Cactus League start, the Padres suddenly have another opening in the rotation, which will most likely fall to Young or Robbie Erlin. Per Acee, the Padres were set to meet with Young about his role with the team following his appearance in a minor-league game Sunday, so there should soon be some clarity regarding how -- or if -- the veteran right-hander fits into the big club's plans.

March 25, 2018 08:52 PM
Padres' Chris Young: Eliminated from rotation competition
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Andy Green reported Sunday that Young will occupy a long-relief role if he makes the Opening Day roster, Dennis Lin of The Athletic San Diego reports.

Young was previously entrenched in the battle for the team's No. 5 starting pitcher role, but the Padres have apparently decided he's no longer in the running to crack the Opening Day rotation. With Young looking at a long-relief bullpen role to begin the year, it seems likely that Tyson Ross will round out the back end of the rotation.

March 8, 2018 03:08 AM
Padres' Chris Young: Competing for rotation spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young tossed three innings of one-run ball while giving up three hits and striking out four in Tuesday's win over Kansas City.

Young fared well against his former club and now has five strikeouts through seven spring innings. The 38-year-old is one of several pitchers vying for the Padres' final rotation spot. We are a couple of seasons removed from the veteran's renaissance year in 2015 (3.06 ERA over 123.1 seasons), and it wouldn't be a huge development in mixed leagues if he were to continue his hot start and win the job battle. He could draw the interest of NL-only fantasy owners.

December 30, 2017 10:20 AM
Padres' Chris Young: Minor-league deal with Padres
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young signed a minor-league deal with the Padres that includes an invitation to spring training, Dennis Lin of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Like Tyson Ross, who is also returning to San Diego, Young will get a chance to make the big-league rotation this spring. The Padres are looking for innings while they carefully monitor how much their young pitchers throw in a non-competitive season. The 38-year-old righty has logged MLB earned run averages over 6.00 in each of the last two seasons.

June 24, 2017 04:16 PM
Chris Young: Cut loose Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young was released by the Royals on Saturday.

Young was designated for assignment earlier in the week before ultimately being let go after compiling an unsightly 7.50 ERA, 2.03 WHIP and 22:14 K:BB across 30 innings out of the Royals' bullpen this season. He could catch on elsewhere as a free agent given his prior big-league experience, but he likely won't carry any fantasy value wherever he ends up.

June 24, 2017 09:24 PM
Royals' Chris Young: Designated for assignment Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young was designated for assignment by the Royals on Friday.

Following the team's signing of reliever Neftali Feliz, Davis lost his spot with the team and was subsequently taken off the 40-man roster. During 14 appearances with Kansas City this season, the 38-year-old accumulated a 7.50 ERA and 2.03 WHIP with 22 strikeouts over 30 innings. He hasn't been a viable fantasy option this season, and may not get another chance with a different organization.

June 1, 2017 01:56 PM
Royals' Chris Young: Deals three scoreless frames Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young dealt three scoreless innings in relief Wednesday, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out two against Detroit.

The 38-year-old, back in a long-relief role, looked much better than he had as a starter earlier in the month. Young's 3.86 ERA working out of the bullpen suggests he's been a decent option from there; however, the righty's ugly 4.33 FIP is more indicative of his performance. Overall, Young offers very little value across the fantasy landscape.

May 14, 2017 09:16 PM
Royals' Chris Young: Crushed in second straight spot start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young was knocked around over 3.2 innings, allowing five runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three in a no-decision against the Orioles on Sunday.

The veteran surrendered two home runs, the second of which ended Young's start after just 64 pitches. Through nine games (two starts) this season, the 37-year-old right owns a brutal 7.27 ERA and 2.08 WHIP over 17.1 innings. Even if the Royals do need another spot start next week, Young most certainly has pitched himself out of contention for the job. He's really struggled to provide any value on a team that has major roster decisions looming. Whether Young even finishes the year with the Royals is a legitimate question at this point.

May 13, 2017 03:32 PM
Royals' Chris Young: Confirmed as Sunday's starter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young will start Sunday's series finale against the Orioles, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports reports.

The Royals seemed to be leaning toward granting the veteran another spot start, but the news has since been confirmed. Young will toe the rubber opposite Baltimore right-hander Kevin Gausman with the hope of improving from his last spot start, in which he lasted only three innings.

May 11, 2017 03:32 PM
Royals' Chris Young: Top candidate for Sunday's spot start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Royals' manager Ned Yost said Wednesday that he was "leaning" toward offering Young another spot start, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.

Yost will have to fill the gap left by Ian Kennedy (hamstring) for at least one more turn through the rotation. The spot start would most likely come Sunday against the Orioles at Kauffman Stadium. "I got a few days," Yost said. "I'm leaning more toward C.Y. right now in our park." The skipper added that southpaw Travis Wood could also be an option.

May 10, 2017 12:36 AM
Royals' Chris Young: Lasts three rocky innings in Tuesday's start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young gave up four runs on seven hits and four walks over just three innings in Tuesday's start against Tampa Bay.

He's extraordinarily fortunate that he only ended up with four runs on his line after putting 11 men on base. Young is nearing his 38th birthday, and he's coming off a 6.19 ERA and 1.66 WHIP last season. This year's been no better, as his 5.93 ERA and 2.12 WHIP are both fantasy-team-killing numbers. Young certainly won't stick in the rotation after this outing, and it's sure starting to seem like he's hearing the siren call of retirement.

May 9, 2017 01:52 PM
Royals' Chris Young: Will start Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young will leave the bullpen and make a spot start Tuesday against the Rays, J. Scott Butherus of reports.

Young tossed three innings of one-hit ball in his last outing on May 2 against the White Sox. Outside of that appearance, the 38-year-old's been less than impressive. He sports a 4.22 ERA and 7:4 K:BB through seven games (10.2 innings). Royals' manager Ned Yost said Young won't be asked to do too much in the emergency start. "He's a veteran guy and he's really good at letting us know when he's starting to get fatigued." That said, Young should only be used as a last resort for fantasy teams in a pinch.

May 5, 2017 09:48 PM
Royals' Chris Young: Could start Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young is the favorite to make a spot start Monday against the Rays, Jeffrey Flanagan of reports.

With Ian Kennedy (hamstring) set to miss his next turn in the rotation, manager Ned Yost said he is leaning towards Young filling that spot. Young has started at least 10 games in each of the last three seasons, so it isn't too surprising to hear that he's the favorite to start Monday. The 37-year-old currently holds a 4.22 ERA through seven appearances (10.2 innings) out of the bullpen this season.

May 4, 2017 01:56 PM
Royals' Chris Young: Unimpressive in early going
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young has appeared in seven games so far in 2017, managing an unattractive 4.22 ERA and 1.69 WHIP over 10.2 innings.

The veteran's best outing thus far was his last, when he surrendered just one hit while striking out two over three scoreless innings Tuesday against the White Sox. Young's 7:4 K:BB is particularly disappointing considering he posted a career-best 9.5 K/9 last season. At 38 years old, and relegated to a long-relief role, Young doesn't hold much fantasy relevance as of now. There's always a chance he could make a spot start later in the campaign, but until then, he's best left off fantasy rosters.

April 12, 2017 12:40 PM
Royals' Chris Young: Unimpressive in early outings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young has given up four hits and a walk while striking out one hitter through his first two appearances (2.1 innings) this year.

Opposing hitters have tagged the veteran for a .326 average while notching multiple hits in each of Young's outings. The 37-year-old is on the last leg of his career, and his fantasy value is tied to whether or not he can sneak into the back end of the Royals' rotation at some point this season. Young wasn't overly impressive in spring training, and he'll need to show a better ability to shut down opponents if he wants to keep the lights on for the entirety of his 13th MLB campaign.

March 28, 2017 02:28 PM
Royals' Chris Young: Sharp in return Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young (neck) tossed a perfect inning against the Brewers on Saturday.

Young returned to action after missing his last start with a sore neck, and the 37-year-old continued his solid spring. He's now sporting a 1.98 ERA across 13.2 innings. The veteran will primarily work out of the bullpen next season, but both Young and Travis Wood will be available when the Royals need a spot starter; it's yet to be determined who would be the first option.

March 22, 2017 07:52 PM
Royals' Chris Young: Bothered by stiff neck
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Young will be held out of Wednesday's Cactus League game due to neck stiffness, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports.

Young was scheduled to come out of the bullpen, which is where he'll open the regular season after losing out to Nate Karns in a battle for the final rotation spot. It's unclear whether Young or Travis Wood will be the first option when the team needs a spot starter, though Young's injury could make it a null point if he's diagnosed with something more serious than ordinary neck stiffness.

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