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Royals re-sign Chris Young to 2-year, $11.5 million deal

The Royals have brought back 36-year-old Chris Young on a two year deal.

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Kansas City is bringing back Chris Young to their rotation, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The deal is for two years and will be for $11.5 million over those two seasons, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star.

Young, 36, is coming off of a stellar 2015 season. In 123.1 innings for the Royals, Young went 11-6 with a 3.06 ERA, all while making $675,000. This next contract is a bit more lucrative for the veteran pitcher.

There are reasons to be skeptical of the Royals giving a 36-year-old a two year deal for that much money. Young doesn't throw very hard, he's a fly ball pitcher and his peripherals aren't great. With the prices of starting pitchers soaring through the roof, getting a veteran arm for less than market value is always a success.

Young still can be useful and versatile, shifting to the bullpen if needed. The Royals also play in one of the bigger parks in all of baseball, to go along with their fantastic outfield defense, all playing to Young's strengths.

Innings are going to be an issue though. Young through 165 innings for Seattle in 2014, the most he had thrown since 2007. He hasn't thrown 180 yet. While he doesn't need to throw 200+ innings, he needs to log enough innings so the Royals don't have to rely on their bullpen too much during the regular season.

This move also may not be the last for them in terms of starting pitching, with the Royals being linked to left-handed pitching like Scott Kazmir.

Young is a veteran presence for the Royals that provides them a safeguard in their rotation and in their bullpen for the 2016 season, and still allows them to go out and get another arm to replace the loss of Johnny Cueto.