I took two hours away from checking Twitter, and in that time the Padres reacquired not one, but two pitchers who were formerly All-Stars with the team. Chris Young and Tyson Ross both signed minor league deals with invitations to Spring Training and a chance to join fellow retread Clayton Richard in a retro rotation.
Young pitched for the Padres from 2006 through the beginning of 2010, and Ross was around from 2013 through his first and final start of 2016. Both were last effective in 2015, alternating between injury and poor results since then.
The Padres chose to non-tender Ross last winter, and he returns at no risk after getting knocked around in just 10 starts and two relief appearances with the Rangers. Young has had a longer route since his last time with the Padres. After pitching just four games in 2010, his last season in San Diego, he appeared in just four more the next year and 20 in 2012 with the Mets. He missed all of 2013, was the American League Comeback Player of the Year with Seattle in 2014, and was even better in 2015 when he won a game in the World Series for the victorious Royals. He too will be relatively cheap even if he does make the team.
Chris Young’s minor-league deal with the #Padres will pay him a base salary of $1M if he makes the big-league roster out of spring training. He can earn an additional $6M in incentives based on starts and innings pitched. @sdutdennislin reported deal earlier.— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 30, 2017