Chris Young to Mariners rumors didn't take long to address. The Seattle Mariners have signed starting pitcher Chris Young to a one-year deal and plan to immediately place him in the starting rotation. According to a report from CBS Sports on Thursday (March 27), he got released by the Washington Nationals earlier in the week after spending most of Spring Training trying to make their roster. Now he will help bring a veteran presence to the mound for the M's as the team tries to deal with some early injuries this season.
Young is 34 years old and hasn't pitched in Major league Baseball since the 2012 season. He was with the New York Mets back then and posted a 4.15 ERA over 20 starts and 115 innings. Those aren't bad numbers and he also has an All-Star appearance in his past with the San Diego Padres. Back in 2007 he posted a 3.12 ERA in 30 starts and 173 innings, giving the team high hopes that he was going to be in the rotation for many years to come. It didn't work out that way and he has been trying to nab a spot on a roster the past two years.
After a disappointing campaign with the Nationals in Triple-A last year (6.81 ERA over 37 innings), not many teams came calling during the offseason. The Nationals extended him another Spring Training invite this year, but the team couldn't find a spot for him. This is where rumors started up about where he might sign next and the Seattle Mariners stepped in with an immediate need. As Hisashi Iwakuma and Taijuan Walker will begin the season on the disabled list, the team needed to figure out another option in the No. 5 slot. Now he will come into camp, likely get one Spring Training start for the team, and step on the mound for the fifth game of the regular season.
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