The San Diego Padres have released righty Chris Young.
Young posted a 7.53 ERA in seven spring appearances. Last year with the Royals he posted a 7.50 ERA, 4.2 BB/9 and 6.6 K/9 through 30 innings. There’s something to be said for consistency, but just not in this particular case.
At age 38, it’s hard not to think that this is the end of the road for Young. Then again, the Marlins just announced their rotation to start the season, so it’s not like there aren’t going to be some opportunities for a starting pitcher willing to work for cheap:
Good luck, big man. Maybe give Derek Jeter a call.
Back in May, Yankees starter CC Sabathia said he’d retire if the Yankees won the World Series. That still may be the plan, but he recently told MLB.com that he’s going to try to pitch in 2019, health willing:
“I’m start to start. I go out one start and feel like I can pitch five more years. I go out another start and I’m done. But if I can stay healthy — if my knee holds up — hopefully I’ll play one more.”
Sabathia is enjoying a nice late-career renaissance, having transformed himself from the dominant lefty he used to be to a crafty one over the past several seasons. Sabathia will turn 38 on Saturday, but he’s having another solid season. He has a 3.51 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 18 starts.
Will a World Series decide whether he hangs ’em up? Will his knee? Guess we’ll know by November.