The Padres have signed veteran right hander Chris Young to a minor-league deal, a source told Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Young, a former starter for the Padres, is the second signing by San Diego within the last two hours, as they also brought back Tyson Ross on a minor-league contract.
Young comes back to San Diego after having pitched with the club from 2006-10, where he went 33-25 with a 3.60 ERA in 97 starts and was an All-Star in 2007. The 38-year-old right-hander was granted free agency in November 2010 after the Padres did not pick up his option.
Young has had an up-and-down career since 2010.
He pitched the next two seasons for the Mets, but only made 24 starts before being released. Then in 2013, Young was picked up and released by the Nationals a couple of times, but never actually played in the majors that year.
Young bounced bqck in 2014 with the Mariners, going 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA in 30 appearances (29 starts). Then, after being released by Seattle, Young went on to pitch for the Royals for the next three seasons, with his 2015 campaign being his best season after he became an effective starter and long reliever for their World Series championship team. He went 11-6 with a 3.06 ERA in 34 appeareances (18 starts) in the regular season and went 1-0 with a 2.87 ERA in four appearances in the postseason. Last year, though, Young made only 14 appearances and had a 7.50 ERA before being released in June.
Lin says Young will “compete for a rotation job” in spring training. The Padres’ current staff is Clayton Richard, Luis Perdomo, Dinelson Lamet, Colin Rea and Robbie Erlin.