Padres bring back Otsuka, decline Young

The San Diego Padres today announced that the club has exercised the 2006 contractual option for right-handed pitcher Akinori Otsuka. At the same time, the club declined to exercise the option in infielder/outfielder Eric Young's contract.

Otsuka, 33, went 2-8 with one save and a 3.59 ERA (25 ER/62.2 IP) in 66 relief appearances for the Padres in 2005. During the month of July, Otsuka did not allow an earned run in his 10 appearances, spanning 10.2 innings.

Over parts of two Major League seasons with the Padres (2004-05), Otsuka compiled a 9-10 record with three saves and a 2.57 ERA (40 ER/140.0 IP) in 139 relief outings. During the 2004 season, his 1.75 ERA (15 ER/77.1 IP) was the lowest-ever mark by a Padres' reliever making at least 70 appearances in a single season.

Young, 38, batted .275 with two home runs, nine doubles, seven stolen bases and 22 runs scored in 56 games with the Padres. Young appeared in 14 games at second base, including 10 starts, while making 25 appearances in the outfield, including 22 starts.

Over parts of 14 Major League seasons with Los Angeles (1992, 1997-99), Colorado (1993-97), the Chicago Cubs (2000-01), Milwaukee (2002-03), San Francisco (2003), Texas (2004) and San Diego (2005), Young has a career batting average of .285 (1703-for-5981) with 76 home runs, 321 doubles, 45 triples, 528 RBI, 976 runs scored and 457 stolen bases. His stolen base total ranks 46th all-time and third among active Major League leaders.


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