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Yankees sign former Mets outfielder Chris Young to minor league deal

The Bronx Bombers are taking a chance on the former Mets outfielder.

Mike McGinnis

Chris Young didn't have to search very far to find his new home. Less than two weeks after getting dumped by the MetsCBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that the New York Yankees and the outfielder agreed to a minor league deal. After signing a one-year, $7.25 million deal during the offseason, the 30-year-old hit .205/.283/.346 with a -0.6 fWAR before the Mets cut him. Neither his power nor his defense—his best traits before this season—was up to par with the Mets.

The second New York club to gamble on him, however, will do so at a significantly lower cost. Critics of Young's deal felt Sandy Alderson overpaid Young after he hit .200/.280/.379. While the Yankees are usually not so desperate for offense, they are currently tied for 19th in baseball in runs scored. Several low-key acquisitions—Chase Headley, Martin Prado, and Brandon McCarthy—have helped them remain in the hunt for the second American League Wild Card spot.