Former major league pitcher Chris Young has been named executive vice president and general manager of the Texas Rangers.
The 41-year-old Young received a multi-year contract, according to the Rangers. He is the ninth general manager in franchise history.
President of baseball operations Jon Daniels has served as the Texas GM for the past 15 years.
"As a Dallas native who grew up rooting for the Rangers, I recognize what a special opportunity this is and how much the Rangers mean to this community," Young said in a news release. "I look forward to learning from and working with Jon on a daily basis. I am confident that with his and (manager) Chris Woodward's leadership and with the strong group of baseball operations individuals in place, we will accomplish our goal of building a championship team."
Young's playing career ended in 2017 and he joined Major League Baseball as a vice president in 2018. Earlier this year, he was promoted to senior vice president of baseball operations.
"All of us at Major League Baseball congratulate Chris Young on this great opportunity to once again join his hometown team, this time as general manager," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. "Since 2018, Chris has brought a valued perspective to a number of important issues, and he has been an outstanding friend and colleague to countless people at the Commissioner's Office.
"The Rangers know they are getting an exceptional person. I wish Chris and his family all the best and look forward to his continued impact on our great game."
The 6-foot-10 Young went 79-67 with a 3.95 ERA in 271 appearances (221 starts) over 13 big league seasons with the Rangers (2004-05), San Diego Padres (2006-10), New York Mets (2011-12), Seattle Mariners (2014) and Kansas City Royals (2015-17).
Young was a member of the National League All-Star team in 2007 as a member of the Padres when he struck out a career-best 167. He was the American League Comeback Player of the year in 2014 when he went 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA for the Mariners.
Young played both baseball and basketball at Princeton before he was a third-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2000 draft. Young averaged 13.4 points and 5.8 rebounds over two seasons on the Princeton basketball team.
--Field Level Media