After a disappointing year with the Oakland Athletics in 2013, the Mets decided to give Chris Young another shot, by signing him to a one-year, $7.25 million contract last winter. In his years with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Young showed that he was capable of hitting 30 home runs in a season. Of course, he struck out a lot, but that's a common feature among power hitters.
Young dealt with injuries on the A's, and as a result he only played 107 games in 2013. He hit .200 with 12 home runs and struck out 93 times. Unfortunately, Young fared no better for the Mets in 2014. He played in 88 games and hit just .205/.283/.346 with 8 home runs. On August 8, the Mets designated him for assignment, and they released him a week later.
The Yankees signed Young to a minor league contract shortly thereafter, and in 23 games with the big league club, Young hit three home runs with 10 RBI, and 16 strikeouts. Following the season, they signed Young to a one-year deal for $2.5 million. Young will add depth to the Yankees' outfield, which is also set to include Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Brett Gardner.