Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Yankees Sign Ex-Met Chris Young to Minor League Deal

When longtime Arizona Diamondbacks Outfielder Chris Young was with the Mets this season, it's fair to say that things didn't go as planned.

Young, a 30-year-old veteran who has connected on 151 home runs since 2006, left the yard just eight times during his 254 at-bats with the team, a number only made worse by the fact he also hit just .205. 

Now had Young been relatively cheap when he was signed in the offseason, obviously, those dissapointing stats would be easier to brush off, but considering he was getting paid a decent $7.25 million instead he would unsurprisingly get cut two weeks ago, a decision that has apparently made him available to the crosstown Yankees. 

Yep, according to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman the always-looking-for-rentals Yanks inked Young to a minor league deal earlier this afternoon, something that is probably confusing to many.

For one, New York's AL representative is currently overstocked with grass-dwellers, with a few notable examples including Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, and Ichiro Suzuki. 

Nonetheless, due to the upcoming roster expansion on September 1 I guess this acquisition isn't completely random, as the defensively-solid Young is likely someone who'd help out off the bench.

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