Yanks sign Mets castoff Chris Young

August, 27, 2014
Aug 27
3:58
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The Yankees have signed Mets castoff Chris Young to a minor league deal, a baseball official confirmed.

With the minor league season coming to a close, Young likely will be insurance in case the Yankees suffer an injury at the big league level. He could be called up when the rosters expand in September.

Young, an outfielder, was signed by Mets GM Sandy Alderson for $7.25 million this winter but never panned out. Young hit just .205 with eight homers and 28 RBIs for the Mets before he was released earlier this month. The right-handed hitter turns 31 next week.

The Yankees have had injuries in their outfield. Carlos Beltran has missed extended time with an elbow injury and only recently returned to the field. Brett Gardner has been nursing an ankle problem of late. Jacoby Ellsbury is the other starting outfielder.

Ichiro Suzuki and Martin Prado also see time in the outfield.

CBS Sports first reported Young's signing.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.77 141 136
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 23
RBIB. McCann 75
RB. Gardner 87
OPSB. Gardner .749
ERAH. Kuroda 3.71
SOH. Kuroda 146