As Comcast SportsNet’s Mark Zuckerman put it, going from the outskirts of a rotation competition to free agency to being IN a rotation isn’t a bad deal.
That’s the case of right handed pitcher Chris Young. Young was released by the Washington Nationals on the 25th after failing to make the ball club, trying to rebound after an injury-plagued 2013. He signed on Thursday with the Seattle Mariners, and according to Ken Rosenthal, it is a one-year Major League deal.
For the Mariners, Young fills an obvious need for starting pitching and slots in nicely behind Felix Hernandez, Erasmo Ramirez, and James Paxton. Even when Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker make it back to the rotation, Young will likely stick around as the fourth or fifth starter.
Young, 34 years old and going into his 10th year of big league service time, last pitched in the Majors with the New York Mets in 2012. He made 20 starts that season, going 4-9 with a 4.15 ERA. This Spring, in four games totaling 10.1 innings, Young has pitched to a 3.48 ERA, striking out 9 and walking 4.