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Yankees sign Mets castoff Chris Young

Aug 27, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

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Released by the Mets last week, outfielder Chris Young has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees.

Young signed a one-year, $7.25 million deal with the Mets this offseason in the hopes of building back his value before hitting the free agent market again, but instead he hit just .205 with eight homers and a .630 OPS in 88 games.

Young always strikes out a lot and always hits for poor batting averages, but at his peak he offset that with 25-homer power and plenty of walks. That hasn’t been the case of late, as the 30-year-old has managed only a .646 OPS in 195 games dating back to last season.

Still, as a no-risk, cheap flier to potentially provide some outfield depth down the stretch he’s a worthwhile pickup for the Yankees.

  1. 18thstreet - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    This is 100 percent sincere comment. No sarcasm.

    I would love to know what Brian Cashman is thinking with this about a dozen of his recent cheap-o signings. I can’t understand what Chris Young can offer.

    • miguelcairo - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      It’s almost as bad as the Ben Francisco signing early last year.

    • banksatdixie - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:29 PM

      Except for the fact that it is a minor league deal and there is no risk involved. The Yankees need right handed bats. Might as well throw crap at the wall and see what sticks. It has actually worked well in the past. See: Ibanez, Raul. or McCarthy, Brandon.

      • mazblast - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        McCarthy was a trade acquisition, not a free agent. And at least 75% of Cashman’s past-prime signings have been duds, including such recent luminaries as Brian Roberts, Scott Sizemore, and Kelly Johnson.

        And we won’t even get into such poor moves as the length of the contracts given Jeter and A-Roid.

      • girardisbraces - Aug 27, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        Who knows what the people in the Yankees system might see that someone else hasn’t, and have him make adjustments as a hitter that could make him productive enough to contribute?

        And if not, who cares? His chance of making the major league team will depend on a lot of things. I don’t see where he fits in, really, but this is a zero-risk deal. Happens all the time, with every team. You try to catch lightning in a bottle, and if not, no harm done.

        Now signing pitchers is another matter entirely.

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 27, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      because they work out perfectly for them. Average players like brandon mccarthy dominate and terrible players like shane greene do too. I’m sure this guy will hit 15 homers this month

    • pete2112 - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:50 AM

      I would say with some of the trades he’s made at the trade deadline, he’s done quite well and much better than usual. As for cheap-o signings, do they have such things? I don’t know the thought process for this Chris Young signing, but maybe they see something.

  2. xdj511 - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    As a Met fan my first impulse was to laugh. Then, I laughed.

    • larrymahnken - Aug 27, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Then you realized that he’s probably not going to play for the Yankees, and if he does play and does anything useful, the Mets are paying almost all of his salary.

      • mazblast - Aug 27, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        The Mets would be paying all of his salary if he went unsigned, so the Yankees are doing the Mets a double favor–first, by paying even a little of his salary, and second, by having Chris Young on their team.

  3. pisano - Aug 27, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    Good God, don’t they have enough .200 hitters?

  4. coryfor3 - Aug 27, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    If you’ve been cast off by the Mets….yeesh.

  5. rawdog2013 - Aug 28, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    This guy suuuucks! Never want to see him in an Oakland uniform again.

    He needs to take less money and go to the Astro’s. It’s his hometown and the only place he hits.

  6. trbmb - Aug 28, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Typical move by the brilliant GM For Life, Cashboy. Given his abysmal draft and development record, his only other options are scraps during the season, and break out the checkbook in the off season. Cashboy The Magnificent. Your time is up, Cashboy.

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