The Kansas City Royals have re-signed veteran right-hander Chris Young to a two-year deal, as initiated by a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post on Sunday afternoon.
ESPN's Buster Olney recently reported that it was a simple matter of timing before the two sides came to terms on an agreement.
According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Young is set to earn $11.75 million over the lifetime of his contract with Kansas City. Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reported that the deal was pending the approval of a physical examination, while Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reported that the 36-year old had already been through the process and passed.
Looking at the breakdown of Young's salary over the years, he will earn $4.25 million in 2016, followed by $5.75 million in 2017, to go alongside a $1.5 million buyout on a $8 million mutual option for 2018.
A club announcement to finalize the deal has been made since early Monday evening.
Young was brought aboard back on March 7th just ahead of spring training when he signed a one-year contract worth $675,000.
Over the course of the 2015 season, Young pitched to a 3.06 ERA alongside a record of 11-6 while having made 34 appearances, 18 of those being starts. He was also named the winning pitcher in Game 1 of the World Series against the New York Mets.
As mentioned by MLBTradeRumors, Young is a fly ball pitcher most of the time when on the bump and does a nice nice job forcing weak contact off the bat.
In a statement from general manager Dayton Moore, he said, "Chris is special. He's an unbelievable competitor, and you can make a case that he was the MVP of our pitching staff."
Young has had problems with injuries in the past, though there is nothing major as to health restrictions that would effect his playing time. He was named the 2014 AL Comeback Player of the Year with the Seattle Mariners, after returning from the disabled list where he had a problem with his throwing shoulder which needed to be operated on, cutting his 2013 season early. However, this should be the least of his problems in 2016 as he looks to maintain his Kansas City success going forward.