Padres won't exercise $8.5 million option on Chris Young

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General manager Jed Hoyer said yesterday that the Padres will not exercise their $8.5 million option on Chris Young for next year, which isn’t surprising after he missed nearly the entire season with shoulder problems.
Young had a 1.49 ERA in three September starts after sitting out five months, but his 10/8 K/BB ratio in 14 innings wasn’t nearly as encouraging and his fastball velocity was down to just 84 miles per hour.
Hoyer did praise Young for battling to make it back before the end of the season and told Corey Brock of MLB.com that the Padres would be open to re-signing him at a lesser salary. “I was really impressed with the way he came back,” Hoyer said. “He came back, pushed through and made big starts for us.”
Young will surely have multiple teams interested in him as a free agent, but seems likely to receive primarily incentive-laden offers and keeping Petco Park as your home ballpark is always a good idea for a pitcher trying to recoup lost value.

Cubs designate Brett Anderson for assignment

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The Cubs announced on Wednesday that pitcher Brett Anderson was activated from the 60-day disabled list and subsequently designated for assignment to open up a spot on the 40-man roster.

Anderson, 29, had been out since May 7 with a lower back strain. Across six starts prior to the injury, the lefty yielded 20 earned runs on 34 hits and 12 walks with 16 strikeouts in 22 innings. He has logged just 33 1/3 innings over the last two seasons and has crossed the 50-inning threshold just since dating back to 2011.

Despite his lengthy injury history, Anderson will likely still draw some interest once he becomes a free agent as he throws with his left hand and can be had for the major league minimum salary.

Dilson Herrera has season-ending surgery

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Reds infielder Dilson Herrera will undergo surgery to remove bone spurs from his right shoulder. His season is over.

Herrera, you may recall, was acquired from the Mets in the Jay Bruce trade last year. He played in 49 games for the Mets, but spent all of last year and this year in the minors. In parts of seven minor league seasons he’s hit .295/.357/.461 with 67 homers and 87 stolen bases in 631 games.

Herrera, one time a top-5 prospect of the Mets, was expected to play in the bigs this year, but hasn’t. He was expected to challenge for the starting second base job for the Reds next year, but that’s obviously in doubt now. The worst part: he’ll be out of minor league options next year, so the Reds will be pressured to either put him on the big league roster fresh off an injury or else risk losing him via waivers, which I suspect he’d be unlikely to clear.