The Royals have designated right-handed pitcher Chris Young for assignment, ending his tenure in Kansas City. The 38-year old had been with the team since 2015, and was a pivotal member of the championship ballclub, starting Game Four of the World Series. The move clears a roster space for Neftali Feliz, who signed with the Royals yesterday.
Young had struggled since re-signing with the club on a two-year deal in 2016, posting a 6.19 ERA in 88 2/3 innings last year. His struggles have continued into this year, where he posted a 7.50 ERA in 30 innings. Over the last two seasons, Young has the highest home run rate in baseball among pitchers with at least 100 innings, giving up 2.65 home runs-per-nine innings.
The Royals will continue to owe around $2.8 million of his remaining salary this season, plus a $1.5 million buyout on his option in 2018.