MLB announced a variety of promotions and new hires today, among them being that former Texas Rangers pitcher Chris Young has been promoted to Senior Vice President.
Young, a Highland Park High School product and a 2002 graduate of Princeton University, played both baseball and basketball on the amateur level before signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a 3rd round pick in 2000. He was dealt to the Montreal Expos for Matt Herges after the 2002 season, and then, at the start of the 2004 season, went from Montreal to Texas in a deal that sent Einar Diaz and Justin Echols to Montreal.
Young had a terrific rookie season for the Rangers in 2005, but was part of the...regrettable trade with the San Diego Padres that also sent Adrian Gonzalez and Terrmel Sledge to San Diego in exchange for Adam Eaton (the pitcher), Akinori Otsuka and Billy Killian, and move that was one of the first, and one of the worst, g.m. Jon Daniels has made.
In 2018, Young joined MLB’s front office as Vice President, On-Field Operations, Initiative and Strategy, a position he held until being promoted to his new position per the announcement today.
MLB also announced that Gregor Blanco and Nick Hundley will be working under Young as Senior Directors, Baseball Operations, and that Joe Torre, who had been MLB’s head of baseball operations since February, 2011, has moved into the role of Special Assistant to the Commissioner.