The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Chris Young on a two-year contract with a mutual option for the 2018 season.
Young, 36, posted an 11-6 record with a 3.06 ERA in 34 appearances and 18 starts with Kansas City last season. Among pitchers that worked at least 120.0 innings in 2015, he held opponents to the lowest batting average (.202) and fewest hits per 9.0 innings (6.64) in the American League. The 6-foot-10 righty made four appearances, including two starts, during KC's postseason run. He earned the win in relief in Game #1 of the World Series, while he also started Game #4. Among pitchers that worked at least 15.0 innings in the 2015 Postseason, Young had the lowest opponents' average (.157) and second-lowest ERA (2.87).
The veteran righty completed his 11th big league season in 2015 and holds a career record of 76-58 with a 3.69 ERA in 223 career outings and 206 starts with Texas (2004-05), San Diego (2006-10), New York Mets (2011-12), Seattle (2014) and the Royals (2015). Among active pitchers that have worked at least 1,000 innings, his .224 opponents' average ranks second, behind only Dodgers' hurler Clayton Kershaw (.207). Prior to last season with the Royals, Young posted a 12-9 and a 3.65 ERA to earn Comeback Player of the Year honors in the American League. He was also an All-Star as a member of the Padres in 2007.
Chris and his wife, Elizabeth, reside in Dallas, Texas during the offseason, with their three children: Catherine, Scott and Grant.
With the signing of Young, the Royals now have 39 players on their Major League Reserve List.