It didn’t work out for Chris Young this year on one side of New York, but now the light-hitting outfielder is getting a chance to move cross-town and take another shot at succeeding in the Big Apple.
Two weeks after being let go by the New York Mets, Chris Young has signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees.
Young hit an anemic 205/.283/.346 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 88 games for the Mets after signing a one-year/$7.25 million deal in the offseason. The Yankees will send Young to triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and see if he can straighten things out in a no-pressure atmosphere.
Joe Girardi talked about what Young brings to the table (via New York Daily News):
“Obviously it’s a guy that’s had some success in his career,” Joe Girardi said. “It’s a very good outfielder, it’s a guy who can hit the ball out of the ballpark. We’re going to see what we have.”
It’s probably not a hopeful sign that Girardi refers to Young as an “it.” The guy’s not an android Joe. Androids don’t hit .205.
It seems highly unlikely that the Yankees will ever get anything out of Young, whose numbers have gone in the toilet since his All-Star 2010 season with Arizona.
But at least the Yankees are getting a look at Young without having to pay him over $7 million for one year. Yeah Mets, that was a great signing. That one worked out spectacularly. You guys are doing a terrific job building a competitive ball club.