Yankees Re-Sign Chris Young
By Ricky Keeler
According to Sweeney Murti of WFAN, the New York Yankees have made their first signing of the offseason as they have brought back outfielder Chris Young.
SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo also tweeted that according to a source, it is a one-year contract. It is unknown in terms of the dollar amount Young will be getting in the contract.
Last season, Young began the year with the New York Mets and hit just .205 with eight home runs and 28 RBI’s in 88 games. After the Mets released him, Young signed with the Yankees, making his Bronx debut on September 2 against the Red Sox.
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In the 23 games Young played in pinstripes, he made a good first impression to Yankees’ fans, as he hit .282 with three home runs and ten RBI’s in 71 games. One of the “Yankee moments” for Young came on September 11 against the Rays. In that game at Yankee Stadium, he had a double in the eighth inning to break up a no-hit bid by Alex Cobb. One inning later, the 31-year old outfielder hit a walk-off three run homer to seal the victory.
Young will likely be the fourth outfielder for the Yankees to begin the 2015 season. He has the position flexibility the Yankees need at the corner outfield spot as he played 18 games in left field for the Yankees last year and could play some right field when Carlos Beltran needs to be the designated hitter. So far, this looks like a good depth signing by Brian Cashman and company to bring back the eight-year veteran.
UPDATE: 7:39 PM ET: ESPN’s Buster Olney gives more details on the Chris Young contract