Chris Young to return to Mets’ starting rotation Tuesday

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According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have confirmed that right-hander Chris Young will return from the disabled list to start Tuesday against the Nationals.

Young, who was placed on the disabled list last weekend with right biceps tendinitis, was cleared for the start after throwing 40 pitches in a bullpen session earlier today. He was immediately sent home due to a heavy cold, but is expected to be fine for Tuesday’s game. Dillon Gee, who started this afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks, will likely be sent to the minor leagues.

The Mets took a chance this winter by signing the injury-prone Young to a one-year contract for a base salary of $1.1 million. He has a a 1.46 ERA and 12/6 K/BB ratio over his first two starts.

Mets starters have an ugly 5.13 ERA over the first 20 games of the season, good enough for 12th in the National League, though they’ve had some good performances by Gee, R.A. Dickey, Chris Capuano and Mike Pelfrey in the past week.

Cardinals extend José Martínez through 2020

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First baseman/outfielder José Martínez agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Cardinals on Saturday, per a team announcement. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Martínez will receive $3.25 million in the deal plus incentives if he earns a more stable place within the starting lineup.

Martínez, 30, played 887 games in the minors before making his major-league debut with the Cardinals at the tail end of the 2016 season. The veteran first baseman has been nothing but productive in the three years since his debut, however, and turned in a career-best performance in 2018 after slashing .305/.364/.457 with 17 home runs, an .821 OPS, and 2.3 fWAR through 590 plate appearances. While he brings some positional flexibility to the table, he’ll be forced to compete against Dexter Fowler and Tyler O'Neill for a full-time gig in right field this year, as Paul Goldschmidt currently has a lock on first base.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the extension wasn’t solely precipitated by Martínez’s productivity in the majors, but by a competing offer from an unnamed Japanese team over the offseason. Goold adds that Martínez would have earned “significantly more than he would in the majors” had the club sold his rights. In the end, they ultimately elected to ink him to a more lucrative deal themselves. He’ll be eligible for arbitration in 2020.