Discussion: Chris Young

The Padres' trade block was discussed quite a bit this winter, with Adrian Gonzalez and Heath Bell being talked about as potential trade candidates.  Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports recently tweeted that 6'10 hurler Chris Young is also likely to be dealt this season.

The soon-to-be 31-year-old was extremely limited by shoulder troubles in 2009, pitching just 76 innings across 14 starts.  However, in the three years prior to that, Young posted an ERA of 3.44 with 8.9 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9.

Young is in the final year of a four-year, $14.5MM deal and is set to earn $6.5MM this season.  While his price tag certainly hinders his trade value, if he can demonstrate that he is healthy, he could be an attractive option for a contender at mid-season.  One has to wonder how much a team might be willing to surrender for a rental of Young.


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18 Comments on "Discussion: Chris Young"


5 years 4 months ago

Well it looks like he is going to miss his second start due to shoulder stiffness: link to sdnn.com

Can’t be good for his trade value.

Ian_Smell
5 years 4 months ago

Every time I hear Young’s name I always think of when he was traded by the Pirates for Matt Herges, then Herges was released in Spring Training. Ugh.

Infield Fly
5 years 4 months ago

Perhaps he might be a fair risk for a certain team in Flushing whose rotation consists of an ace…and not much else behind him…

Taking Young’s remaining salary off the Friars’ hands might be exchange enough, considering.

BIGPELF
5 years 4 months ago

im with you but what we have tu give up for him??

Infield Fly
5 years 4 months ago

With Young’s value seriously in question my point was that relieving the Padres of his salary might be a fair exchange in itself – or close. If not, maybe we could sweeten the deal with a few spare parts we have hanging around in the minors, a pack of gum, and then maybe we throw in unos cuantos frascos… :-p
(Just kidding, love the handle!).

Infield Fly
5 years 4 months ago

With Young’s value seriously in question my point was that relieving the Padres of his salary might be a fair exchange in itself – or close. If not, maybe we could sweeten the deal with a few spare parts we have hanging around in the minors, a pack of gum, and then maybe we throw in unos cuantos frascos… :-p
(Just kidding, love the handle!).

melonis_rex
5 years 4 months ago

The Padres should be poised to eat his salary in a trade. I say wait for him to rebuild his value assuming the injury isn’t severe, then eat his salary

That’s how you get the prospects for mediocre players… eat their salary then find a payroll strapped sucker GM.

markjsunz
5 years 4 months ago

Or a greedy owner like the dodgers McCourts whose ugly divorce proceedings were released to the press and it came out the McCourts made 110 million dollars and paid no taxes. Every working stiff who buys a ticket to a game pays 30% to 50% taxes. McCourt has traded away a catcher, third baseman and second baseman to save between 3 to 6 weeks worth of salary. The original lower end of Boston carpetbaggers

markjsunz
5 years 4 months ago

Or a greedy owner like the dodgers McCourts whose ugly divorce proceedings were released to the press and it came out the McCourts made 110 million dollars and paid no taxes. Every working stiff who buys a ticket to a game pays 30% to 50% taxes. McCourt has traded away a catcher, third baseman and second baseman to save between 3 to 6 weeks worth of salary. The original lower end of Boston carpetbaggers

talk2pt
5 years 4 months ago

Do you know how disheartening it is as a PADRE FAN to have every decent player on the club be put on the Trade Block? I resent that a local product like Adrian Gonzalez is even THOUGHT about being dealt. When there was a proposal to create Petco Park, there was a promise that Moores and his ownership would spend more money to make this team competitive. Now look at this……embarrassing!!!

bjsguess
5 years 4 months ago

Why do you resent it? It’s basic economics.

The Padres don’t generate enough revenue to be a big spending team. Sure, I think they can do better than $35-40m but the Pads are probably an $75m max salary team. With that in mind, do you really want $20m+ going to your first baseman? That could easily work out to 1/3rd of your total payroll.

It makes perfect sense to move a guy like Gonzalez. Keeping him would be lunacy.

5 years 4 months ago

yes but the money these teams ( including the Padres ) are raking in before they sell one ticket would cover for A-Gonz salary.

in 2007, all mlb teams started to collect revenue from mlb.com, equally among 30 teams…mlb.com made over 900 million in 2006. Each team made 30 mil off a website they invested in 10 years ago, and no longer have to pay to upkeep.

this is not to mention revenue sharing from the yanks….revenue sharing from mlb merchandising ( all teams share rev equally ) so if a guy buys a yankee hat, profit gets shared EQUALLY.

and of course the padres never count this money into the same pot of money they cry broke about…

trust me, the padres can afford Adrian, and have around 20 million left to spend, before they even make a dollar on ticket sales.

no team should have a payroll smaller than 70 mil.
not when half of that 70 mil is covered by sources generated outside of your business.

5 years 4 months ago

yes but the money these teams ( including the Padres ) are raking in before they sell one ticket would cover for A-Gonz salary.

in 2007, all mlb teams started to collect revenue from mlb.com, equally among 30 teams…mlb.com made over 900 million in 2006. Each team made 30 mil off a website they invested in 10 years ago, and no longer have to pay to upkeep.

this is not to mention revenue sharing from the yanks….revenue sharing from mlb merchandising ( all teams share rev equally ) so if a guy buys a yankee hat, profit gets shared EQUALLY.

and of course the padres never count this money into the same pot of money they cry broke about…

trust me, the padres can afford Adrian, and have around 20 million left to spend, before they even make a dollar on ticket sales.

no team should have a payroll smaller than 70 mil.
not when half of that 70 mil is covered by sources generated outside of your business.

bjsguess
5 years 4 months ago

Why do you resent it? It’s basic economics.

The Padres don’t generate enough revenue to be a big spending team. Sure, I think they can do better than $35-40m but the Pads are probably an $75m max salary team. With that in mind, do you really want $20m+ going to your first baseman? That could easily work out to 1/3rd of your total payroll.

It makes perfect sense to move a guy like Gonzalez. Keeping him would be lunacy.

Mario Saavedra
5 years 4 months ago

Doesn’t Chris Young still has a club option left after this contract? around 8 MM I think, so technically it wouldn’t be a 1 year rental.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 4 months ago

Let’s see, Chris Young is coming back from shoulder surgery. He’s scheduled to miss his next start. He’s on a team that suddenly has a lot of pitching options to sort through, so they can do without him. Young is an extreme fly ball pitcher, so some parks just aren’t a good fit for him. First they have to see if the shoulder is just sore or if it’s still damaged. If he can get back on the mound, the first team I would check in with is Seattle. He’d probably do well there. Salary relief and a fringe prospect is probably all San Diego is going to get.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
5 years 4 months ago

Let’s see, Chris Young is coming back from shoulder surgery. He’s scheduled to miss his next start. He’s on a team that suddenly has a lot of pitching options to sort through, so they can do without him. Young is an extreme fly ball pitcher, so some parks just aren’t a good fit for him. First they have to see if the shoulder is just sore or if it’s still damaged. If he can get back on the mound, the first team I would check in with is Seattle. He’d probably do well there. Salary relief and a fringe prospect is probably all San Diego is going to get.

alexchicago14
5 years 4 months ago

The cubs should get him and hold a round 2 bout between him and derek lee every sunday.