Last week Chris Young signed a minor-league contract with the Yankees after being released by the Mets and the veteran outfielder has been called up to join the expanded September roster.
Young flopped with the Mets on a one-year, $7.25 million deal, but the Yankees are getting him for a prorated share of the minimum salary. That doesn’t mean the 30-year-old has anything left in the tank after posting a measly .646 OPS in 195 games dating back to last season, but there’s no real investment or risk involved.
Young was last a productive player in 2012 for the Diamondbacks, for whom he played seven seasons while hitting a combined .240 with 132 homers, 112 steals, and a .755 OPS in 885 games. He’ll back up all three outfield spots for the Yankees.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.