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New York Yankees Sign Former New York Mets CF Chris Young to Minor League Deal

August 28th, 2014 at 1:17 AM
By Douglas Rush

On Wednesday afternoon, the New York Yankees took a flier on a possible outfield option that may be able to help them once the rosters expand next month.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and WFAN reported that the Yankees have signed former New York Mets center fielder Chris Young to a minor league deal.

Young was originally signed to a one-year, $7.25 million deal in the offseason, but only hit .208 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 88 games before being designated for assignment earlier in the month.

Young will likely be a September 1 call up once the rosters expand to 40 players and should be able to provide the Yankees with another possible power bat off the bench and supplement Ichiro Suzuki in right field.

While his time with the Mets was a disastrous one, Citi Field tends to hurt hitters numbers from being such a spacious park, so maybe Young could find some success playing in the very hitter friendly Yankee Stadium.

Young for his career is right around 23 home run, 71 RBI hitter; back in 2007 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, he hit .237 with 32 home runs and 67 RBI and finished fourth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting.

With Beltran dealing with elbow issues that have plagued him all year and Brett Gardner dealing with a sore ankle that has kept him out of the lineup for a couple of days, Young coming up to the roster as soon as next week should help provide some relief to a team in need of extra help and looking to make a postseason run.


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