Sunday, November 9, 2014

Yankees re-sign Chris Young and it’s perfectly reasonable

The New York Yankees have re-signed outfielder Chris Young to a one-year, $2.5 million contract for 2015 which has the chance to get as close to $5 million with performance incentives according to tweets from Buster Olney and Bob Nightengale.

The deal seems fairly reasonable considering the very low cost and the potential upside. Young hit .282/.354/.521 with three homers and 10 RBI in 79 plate appearances once coming over to the Bronx. His time in Queens with the New York Mets was a resounding dud. There he slashed .205/.283/.346 over 287 plate appearances.

Young will fill the fourth outfielder role and could receive considerable time on the field taking into account two of the three starting outfielders, Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran have had offseason surgery, and Jacoby Ellsbury has dealt with injuries in the past.

The negative vibe seen across social media about the signing has me confused. Those pointing to the Mets debacle are forgetting that contract was nearly three times as high ($7.25 million), and the fact that Young has proven the capacity to be productive from a power and speed standpoint. He also provides more than sufficient defense in the outfield.

Young, 31, carrying a right-handed bat is more beneficial to the lineup construction in my opinion than it was with lefty Ichiro Suzuki in the role in 2014.

Certainly there is a chance Young falters, but this is a cost that the Yankees can just push to the side and move on from if he is a bust. If he plays well enough to earn the incentives, then it will prove to be a shrewd signing by general manager Brian Cashman.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Christopher Carelli is a freelance sports writer and sports media strategist. His baseball commentary has also been published on Yahoo Sports, the FanSided network, Sportsideo and linked multiple times on MLB Trade Rumors’ Baseball Blogs Weigh In.