Padres Decline 2011 Option For Chris Young

The Padres declined Chris Young's 2011 option, according to MLB.com's Corey Brock (on Twitter). We heard last month that the Padres would not pick up his $8.5MM option, so it is no surprise to see the tall right-hander hit free agency officially.

Young experienced shoulder problems all year and appeared in just four games. He logged 20 innings and allowed only two earned runs, but he walked 11. Young has always been hard to hit, but walks have been a problem for him throughout his seven-year career.


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19 Comments on "Padres Decline 2011 Option For Chris Young"


Philip Marlowe
4 years 10 months ago

He’s still got plenty left in the tank. I’d like to see the Cubs take a flyer on him after a largely lost 2010 season. A little bit of fresh blood in the rotation wouldn’t be a bad thing, plus it would give us a reason to move Zambrano.

jwsox
4 years 10 months ago

except for the fact that zambrano has a full ntc and has said in the past he wont lift it to be traded…and trading Z would be hard anyway due to his salary, his lack of mental stability and diminishing stuff..

Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

I want to see the Padres acquire/sign one of these 3…Edwin Jackson, Jon Garland, Jeff Francis

42214221
4 years 10 months ago

O.K., I want C.J. Wilson but that wont happen :( not saying I wouldn’t want them

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
4 years 10 months ago

Wilson and Bud Black are old friends. Not that Wilson would have any say in whether or not he would go there..

Beersy
4 years 10 months ago

I couldn’t agree more on Francis. He has had some back luck with injuries, but as is always the case, pitching in Petco could really help him get back. Not to mention Balsley is a great pitching coach who doesn;t get nearly the credit he should.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 10 months ago

Absolutley. And he’s a veteran, something that their current rotation does not have.

Beersy
4 years 10 months ago

Pitching, defense and a bunch of .280 hitters with speed is what this team needs. Does anyone remember the Cardinals of the ’80s.

Koby2
4 years 10 months ago

I think he’ll be back with them, he’ll be fairly cheap and can rebuild his value with a healthy year in Petco…though he hasn’t had a fully healthy year in a while.

4 years 10 months ago

Dave Duncan and St Louis…meet your new number 4 pitcher…if I was CY thats where I would head. You get the best mentor/coach in Duncan and god you get to pitch against the cubs, brewers and astros.haha

DanHaren
4 years 10 months ago

and the pirates

4 years 10 months ago

I don’t think so. Chris Young has always been more of a fly ball pitcher which is why he worked out so well for San Diego and probably would’ve bombed had he not been traded out of Texas. This goes against Duncan’s preaching.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 10 months ago

^This. Young is an extreme flyball pitcher and he routinely pitches up in the zone. He has been physically unable (dude is 6’10”) to pitch to the lower half of the the zone his whole career.

Texas had to trade him because there was no way he was ever going to be able to pitch in their park.

The Seattle Mariners are tailor made for Chris Young’s skill set with their expansive park and their very good outfield. They should consider adding him.

Ferrariman
4 years 10 months ago

wainwright is 6’7 and carpenter is 6’6. they both live in the bottom of the zone. it can be done.

boyofsummer
4 years 10 months ago

…and Pirates.

airohpue13
4 years 9 months ago

Tigers. I’d like to see a veteran like Young join the rotation.

Beersy
4 years 10 months ago

Vazquez would be a very good pickup for the Padres. He could be the defacto #1 starter, just like Garland was last year, but from what I’ve read on this site he wants to stay on the East coast.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 10 months ago

I could actually see the Padres trying to keep him around. It’s got to be at a much lower salary though. They have to be squeamish about his health.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
4 years 10 months ago

Man, you got that right. That bullpen was built from duct tape, scraps, guys considered AAAA’s, out of option guys, and farm hands. Except that’s the same formula they used the year before, and the year before that, and the year before that. Balsley has been great with the Padres. It helps that they have a manager that understands pitching in a way a lot of managers just can’t-Bud Black was a pretty decent pitcher too.