Saturday, September 13, 2014

Chris Young Back In the Bronx for 2015

We started the day off with the TGP Daily Poll asking fans if they thought the New York Yankees would bring back Chris Young for the 2015 season and I stated that I thought they would. I am not one to simply put my opinion out there and call it a day without explaining myself (thoroughly most of the time) so here goes nothing. Here is why I believe the Yankees will bring back Chris Young in 2015 in some way, shape, or form.

Young was designated for assignment by the New York Mets after a disappointing tenure with the club and quickly signed a minor league deal with the Yankees. Young played and bided his time in Triple-A until September call ups and finally got a shot to play in the Bronx with the Yankees. To say the least Young has made the most of the opportunity. Young has continued to come through hitting for power and extra base hits as well as clutch and timely hits. The New York stage doesn't seem to bother Young one bit, and that is something you cannot associate a stat to.

New York lacks any true right handed power in their outfield this season and isn't likely to have any next season either with Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Brett Gardner roaming around out there. The Yankees did start this season with Alfonso Soriano but he quickly crashed and burned and was designated for assignment himself so Young would essentially be the 2015 version of the 2014 Soriano if he were brought up. Beltran will have to rotate in and out of right field and the DH spot so there should be plenty of opportunities for Young to get at bats. Young is a former center fielder and could conceivably play all three outfield positions much like Ellsbury and Gardner giving him some versatility as well.

If the Yankees were to bring Young back for the 2015 season it would either have to be on a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training or a heavy incentive laden contract. Young signed for $7.25 million last offseason with the Mets and isn't likely to take a huge pay cut from that to play for the Yankees this winter. If the Yankees could guarantee him $4 million or less and let him earn the rest I could see the team going in that direction.

Is it something I personally would necessarily do? Probably not truth be told, but I think it makes a lot of sense to do it for the Yankees. 


  1. Chris was signed by the Mets for a reason, he can play! His numbers are not real good at the plate but he is a good defender only 30 years old...a two year deal with incentives sounds good to me. We have a couple of guys starting to get their sh-t together down on the farm, we don't want to block them.
    Right now he is batting about 2x his normal avg. and power.
    He would be used as you have out lined Daniel. I am not 100% sold on him but for a short contract etc., I can live with it.

  2. The only outfielders we have close are Tyler Austin, Ramon Flores, and now Zoilo Almonte who is no longer on the 40 man roster. Austin would be the only one I would be worried about blocking. Austin needs one more year in the minors, Young signs for one year deal.. coincidence?


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