Tag:Chris Young
Posted on: December 21, 2010 11:04 am
Edited on: December 21, 2010 10:00 pm

Mets waiting out starting pitcher market

Young The Mets only have about $4 million to spend and the market for starting pitching is still robust enough that New York has decided to wait for prices to drop, as Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports.

Chris Young (pictured) remains high on GM Sandy Alderson's radar and the righty is among the candidates to sign in New York. The Mets will certainly end up signing one starter, but it may not be Young. Other candidates include Freddy Garcia and Jeff Francis although the Mets will also consider any other established starters looking for a deal such as Brad Penny or Jeremy Bonderman. (Bonderman, in particular, might be a nice grab as he is just 28 and could rebound for the Mets.)

However, Mike Puma of the New York Post hears from team sources that New York is more likely to go the trade route after so much frustration on the free-agent market. The top name on the trade market is Tom Gorzelanny, who figures to make less than $2 million via arbitration.

Matt Garza, the top pitcher left in the starting-pitching market , is also an option but Alderson would have to appeal to management for the funds Garza would earn as well as surrender some of his top prospects. That's highly unlikely to happen.

The Mets, as Martino writes, may be waiting for starter Brandon Webb to sign a deal and set the market for free-agent pitchers with injury concerns.

-- Evan Brunell

UPDATE: Martino tweets that the team isn't going forward with any negotiations with Garcia beyond its initial contact and is unlikely to make any moves until next month. The team has not made an offer to Young, Martino tweets .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 17, 2010 9:18 am
Edited on: December 17, 2010 9:19 am

Mets looking to trade for starter

Tom Gorzelanny The Mets' search for a starting pitcher is more likely to be solved via trade than a free-agent reclamation project, Mike Puma of the New York Post writes .

Now, don't start getting dreams of Zack Greinke, Mets fans, lower your standards (surely, by now, you're used to this, aren't you?)

Anyway, Puma writes Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has already talked to the Cubs about Tom Gorzelanny (pictured). If that doesn't excite you, the team has talked, at least internally, about finding a way to shoehorn in arbitration-eligible right-hander Matt Garza, who is under team control through the 2013 season.

The team has talked to free-agent right-hander Chris Young, who is a big risk, and has apparently passed on lefty Jeff Francis, who was asking for $4 million for next season.

So rest easy, Phillies, you're still on track to have the best rotation in the division next season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 6, 2010 3:13 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2010 3:27 pm

Mets interested in Young, Francis

The Mets are apparently scared off by the risks of Brandon Webb and his shoulder  and are instead looking at Chris Young and Jeff Francis for their rotation, Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman tweets.

Webb isn't going to go without a team, though. The Cubs and Nationals have already met with his agent, Jonathan Maurer before the meetings. Maurer has talked to at least 10 teams. The Pirates could also be interested in Webb, the former Cy Young winner, as well as the Reds.

Young and Francis are hardly sure-bets. Young has missed most of the last two seasons with shoulder injuries. Francis was hurt much of 2008 before missing all of 2009 and was 4-6 with a 5.00 ERA in 20 games for the Rockies in 2010.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 29, 2010 7:43 pm

Mets close to agreement with Chris Young

Young The Mets are on the verge of agreeing to a contract with right-hander Chris Young, as Buster Olney of ESPN relays.

While Young struggles to top 85 mph with his fastball these days, he is also able to soak up innings who would be a good fit for Citi Field. Young could also recoup some lost velocity now that he is fully healthy following a right-shoulder strain. New York doesn't have much financial flexibility which limits the Mets to bargain-basement shopping.

In that respect, Young is as good as it gets when it comes to finding starters to round out the rotation.

Young will join a rotation that has Johan Santana knocked out for the first half of the year, plus Jon Niese, Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey and a mess of other options that include Dillon Gee.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 7:10 pm
Edited on: November 3, 2010 7:15 pm

Young hopes to return to Padres

Chris Young The Padres have declined their $8.5 million option on right-hander Chris Young, but the starter hopes to return to San Diego.

"I have no idea who is interested," Young told the San Diego Union-Tribune . "The Padres are my first choice as far as I am concerned. I am hopeful something will be worked out.

The 31-year old made just four starts in 2010, missing most of the season with a right shoulder strain. In his four starts -- three in September -- the Padres went 2-0 with a 9.00 ERA.

Young was an 9-8 with a 3.12 ERA in his All-Star season of 2007, but then made just 18 starts in 2008 and 14 last season.

He was the team's highest-paid player in 2010, making $6.25 million.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 9, 2010 8:39 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2010 10:37 am

R.I.P. D-Backs: Headed in wrong direction

As the sports world waits for the crowning of a champion, 22 other teams are busy preparing for spring training. What went wrong for these teams, and what does 2011 hold? MLB Facts and Rumors here at CBS Sports will be answering those questions through all of October. Today: The Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Diamondbacks were embarrassed by their last-place showing in 2009. They added, they tweaked, they hoped for a big rebound.

And somehow in 2010 they got even worse.

The Diamondbacks finished with 97 losses, the same record they posted as an expansion team 13 years earlier. Arizona featured one of the worst bullpens in history, an offense that set a major-league record for strikeouts, and a midseason turnover at manager for the second year in a row.

After 2010, there’s no illusion of tweaking. The Diamondbacks are rebuilding.


A lot went wrong, but nothing went worse than the bullpen.  Arizona relievers lost 32 games, on the hook for about a third of their losses, and finished with a 5.74 ERA. That’s more than a run worse than the next-worst bullpen and almost three runs – three runs a game, think about that – worse Chad Qualls than San Diego’s top-ranked ‘pen. The opening-day closer, Chad Qualls, was traded away with an 8.29 ERA.

Brandon Webb and Dan Haren were supposed to give Arizona a killer 1-2 punch. Yeah, not so much.

After Webb threw just four innings in 2009, the Diamondbacks picked up his $8.5 million option for 2010, assured he would be ready to go this spring. Instead his rehab went on … and on … and he never threw a pitch. Instead Arizona threw that $8.5 million right down the drain. And with the writing on the wall at midseason, Haren was shipped out.

The Diamondbacks weren’t terrible offensively, eighth in the NL in runs scored, but were painful to watch as they struck out a record 1,529 times. Mark Reynolds had the dubious distinction of becoming the first man ever to finish with more strikeouts (211) than batting average points (.198).


Edwin Jackson threw a no-hitter on June 25 (or maybe it was a no-hitter and a half, since he threw 149 pitches), the single-game highlight of the season. The only thing that would be close was tying a major-league record with four consecutive homers August 11 in Milwaukee.

Chris Young bounced back from a lousy 2009 to raise his average 45 points and hit 27 homers and drive in 91 runs. Kelly Johnson proved a nice addition, bumping his average 60 points from the previous year in Atlanta.

On the mound, Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson provide hope for the future of the rotation.


Arizona had some young players in deep reserve who might benefit from more exposure, such as Cole Gillespie, Rusty Ryal and Tony Abreu.

Another piece of potential help is first baseman Brandon Allen, who didn’t do well in his first season but put in a solid year at Triple-A and looked vastly improved ina  September callup. If Adam LaRoche isn’t back, Allen is probably the guy.

The Diamondbacks won’t have any luck convincing their fickle fan base that next year is going to be a run for the roses, though it’s unlikely for things to get worse and new manager Kirk Gibson has brought some legitimacy to the team.


Webb is a big question mark – do you bring him back at a discount and hope that if he does bounce back, you get something out of the money you poured in there the past two years? He seems to be getting some looks from multiple teams in instructional league, so I say walk away if the bidding gets serious.

New general manager Kevin Towers has said he wants to build the pitching staff from the closer down, so look for them to consider Rafael Soriano. Having a proven commodity in the key spot can only help the rest of the bullpen.

There are young starters in place, but there are not enough of them, and they could use an affordable veteran presence. Maybe somebody like Ted Lilly or Jake Westbrook?


This organization is in a pretty deep hole, and it’s not going to climb out overnight. Plus, the Padres, Giants and Rockies all have big upsides, and the NL West isn’t the cupcake it used to be. Tough to see the Diamondbacks getting out of the cellar, but in this situation you’re just looking for progress.

Check out the rest of the R.I.P. reports here.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 13, 2010 7:54 pm
Edited on: September 13, 2010 10:33 pm

Young ready to return to Padres

Chris Young As the Padres begin a crucial series with the Rockies with first place in the NL West hanging in the balance, San Diego received good news about injured pitcher Chris Young.

Young pitched 5 1/3 innings for Class A Lake Elsinore in a postseason game, whiffing seven and walking one while giving up just three hits. It was the third rehab start for Young, working his way back from a right-shoulder strain after missing most of 2009 with right shoulder surgery.

"Health-wise, I felt great," Young told MLB.com . "[My] stuff was really good, command was good, offspeed [pitches were] good. It was probably, all in all, the best it's been."

Young is chomping to get back on the mound for the Padres, who could really use the 6-foot-10 right hander who went 7-6 with a 3.96 ERA for the Padres over 18 starts in 2008, missing two months of the season due to taking a ball off the face. He struggled in 2009 before going under the knife for a shoulder impingement before hurling six innings of zero-run ball on  April 6.

The Padres are in first place largely because of the pitching that Mat Latos, Clayton Richard and Wade LeBlanc. However, all three are youngsters with workload concerns, and having Young could enable the Pads to give the young pitchers breaks and not miss a beat in the chase for October.

Manager Bud Black, however, is unsure if Young is truly ready to pitch in the majors again this year.

"I just want to make sure that, long-term, he's in a good spot," Black said. "He's had a tough year coming back from some shoulder ailments."

Black added that he wasn't sure what the next step was, but if Young has his way, the next step is onto the Petco Park mound.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 10, 2010 10:50 am
Edited on: August 10, 2010 12:15 pm

Young becomes MLB's first 20/20 hitter in 2010

Chris Young Chris Young marked his climb back from obscurity by bashing his third home run in as many games Monday night to reach 20 for the season, thereby becoming the game's first 20/20 player on the season.

There were 14 such players with 20/20 accomplishments last season, including teammates Justin Upton and Mark Reynolds. Upton has a shot to join Young, but Reynolds is cooked with just five steals to go with 25 homers.

Young was demoted to Triple-A at one point in 2009 while hitting .194/.297/.359 over 366 plate appearances. During a 13-game respite in the farm, Young recovered his stroke and returned to finish 2009 with a .263/.351/.508 mark in 118 PA, giving the team hope the former top prospect will finally deliver his potential.

Young still has his warts, but is still enjoying his best season with a .268/.337/.471 line to go along with his 20 home runs and 22 stolen bases. He's keeping up solid improvement in plate discipline and cut down on the strikeouts, although he will still approximate a windmill.

Between Young's speed, power and overall growth in understanding how to approach the game as a hitter, the center fielder is emerging as one of the best young power-hitters in the game and is nine home runs away for 100 in his career. With the D-Backs in a rebuilding phase, however, Young's time in 'Zona may be limited despite a contract that takes him through 2013, paying an average annual value of $5.6 million a year.

-- Evan Brunell

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