Confirming something GM Jed Hoyer admitted was coming a month ago, the Padres on Wednesday declined Chris Young’s $8.5 million option for 2011.
After missing five months with a shoulder injury, Young returned in September to post a 1.49 ERA in three starts, and he surely would have been a part of San Diego’s postseason rotation had the team not faltered down the stretch. Still, it was an easy call not to commit $8.5 million to someone who had thrown a total of 198 1/3 innings over the last three seasons.
Young’s extreme flyball tendencies make him the perfect Petco Park pitcher, so it could be in his best interests to stay with the Padres on a cheap one-year deal, even if he could earn an extra couple of million dollars elsewhere. It’d likely pay off next winter if he were able to stay healthy and make 30 starts for the first time since 2007.
The Nationals have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations from the A’s in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock.
Schrock is a 21-year-old second baseman who has been pretty darn impressive in A-ball this year, but the Nats can be excused for giving up promise in 2018 or whatever for some bullpen help come playoff time. Rzepczynski walks a few too many guys for my taste but he strikes ’em out at a pretty decent rate for a LOOGY and the Nats could use another southpaw reliever apart from Oliver Perez. This is especially true given how many tough lefty hitters they may face in the playoffs.
On the basic merits, sure, Rzepczynski for Schrock may look pretty dang good for the A’s in a few years. But this October the A’s will be watching on TV from home while the Nats will be trying to win it all, making the trade pretty darn understandable from their point of view.
Meanwhile, in Tulsa, Zach Welz of the visiting Arkansas Travelers made a spectacular catch. It was the catch Torii Hunter tried to make on that famous David Ortiz homer in the playoffs a few years back except Welz made it.
Watch as he topples over the wall to come up with the would-be dinger off the bat of Tulsa Drillers first baseman Cody Bellinger: