Yankees add Chris Young to September roster

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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.

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.