Mets bring back Chris Young on minor-league contract

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UPDATE: It’s now a done deal.

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Chris Young rejoining the Mets has been assumed for a while now and Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reports that it’s all but a done deal now, as the oft-injured 32-year-old will sign a minor-league contract by the end of this week.

Last season Young signed a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Mets and made just four starts before undergoing shoulder surgery in May.

He was effective in that brief work, posting a 1.88 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 24 innings, but Young also made just four starts in 2010 and hasn’t started 20 games in a season since way back in 2007 for the Padres.

Young may need to rehab his shoulder further before returning to game action, but the price is right with a minor-league deal and the 6-foot-10 right-hander could provide some rotation depth in the second half.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.