Young was designated for assignment earlier in the week before ultimately being let go after compiling an unsightly 7.50 ERA, 2.03 WHIP and 22:14 K:BB across 30 innings out of the Royals' bullpen this season. He could catch on elsewhere as a free agent given his prior big-league experience, but he likely won't carry any fantasy value wherever he ends up.
Following the team's move of signing reliever Neftali Feliz, Davis loses his spot with the team and is subsequently taken off the 40-man roster. During 14 appearances with the team this season, the 38-year-old has accumulated a 7.50 ERA with a WHIP of 2.03 and just 22 strikeouts over the course of 30 innings. He hasn't been a viable fantasy option this season, and Feliz figures to take on a higher-leverage role with Kansas City moving forward.
Young has received sparse playing time over the past few weeks, but he actually has collected a hit in each of his past seven starts. This strong string of performances has his average up to .276, and although he still isn't in line to see regular at-bats, he at least continues to have decent value when a few southpaws are lined up to face Boston in a given week.
Ramirez has missed the last two games due to the neck injury, paving the way for Young to get a couple of increasingly rare starts. He's started just four of the past 16 games. Ramirez's inability to play regularly in the field has limited him to designated hitter. That development, along with Boston's young and healthy outfield, has served to cap Young's opportunities at the plate.
Young's starting opportunities have taken a hit since April with the Red Sox enjoying better health in the outfield, but manager John Farrell won't hesitate to make room for the veteran in the lineup when left-handers are starting for the opposition. The 33-year-old owns a career .266/.364/.476 line against southpaws, but an unremarkable 2-for-8 lifetime mark versus Wednesday's starter, CC Sabathia.
The 38-year-old, back in a long-relief role, looked much better than he had as a starter earlier in the month. Young's 3.86 ERA working out of the bullpen suggests he's been a decent option from there; however, the righty's ugly 4.33 FIP is more indicative of his performance. Overall, Young offers very little value across the fantasy landscape.
Young had been getting regular duty earlier this season when the Red Sox navigated personnel shortages due to the flu and an injury to outfielder Jackie Bradley, but he's had just 20 at-bats over the last 15 games, including six DNPs. The offseason plan was for Young to serve as the designated hitter against lefties while Hanley Ramirez would slide to first base. That brought the potential for more than the 227 plate appearances he made in 2016. But with Ramirez's lingering shoulder woes preventing him from playing the field, he's been locked in at DH against pitchers of either hand. And with Boston having called up Sam Travis to play first base against southpaws, it seemingly has given up on the notion of Ramirez playing the field. That means Young's playing time will be suppressed as long as Boston's young outfielders remain healthy.
The veteran surrendered two home runs, the second of which ended Young's start after just 64 pitches. Through nine games (two starts) this season, the 37-year-old right owns a brutal 7.27 ERA and 2.08 WHIP over 17.1 innings. Even if the Royals do need another spot start next week, Young most certainly has pitched himself out of contention for the job. He's really struggled to provide any value on a team that has major roster decisions looming. Whether Young even finishes the year with the Royals is a legitimate question at this point.
The Royals seemed to be leaning toward granting the veteran another spot start, but the news has since been confirmed. Young will toe the rubber opposite Baltimore right-hander Kevin Gausman with the hope of improving from his last spot start, in which he lasted only three innings.
Yost will have to fill the gap left by Ian Kennedy (hamstring) for at least one more turn through the rotation. The spot start would most likely come Sunday against the Orioles at Kauffman Stadium. "I got a few days," Yost said. "I'm leaning more toward C.Y. right now in our park." The skipper added that southpaw Travis Wood could also be an option.
He's extraordinarily fortunate that he only ended up with four runs on his line after putting 11 men on base. Young is nearing his 38th birthday, and he's coming off a 6.19 ERA and 1.66 WHIP last season. This year's been no better, as his 5.93 ERA and 2.12 WHIP are both fantasy-team-killing numbers. Young certainly won't stick in the rotation after this outing, and it's sure starting to seem like he's hearing the siren call of retirement.
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