WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reports that the Yankees and outfielder Chris Young have reached an agreement on a deal pending a physical. It was reported earlier that the two sides had mutual interest, so they hammered out a deal in a matter of hours. Exact details of the contract have not yet surfaced. [Update: It’s a one-year deal worth $2.5 million with incentives, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports.]
Young, 31, struggled for most of the season with the Mets — batting .205/.283/.346 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 287 plate appearances — before ultimately being released in mid-August. The Yankees snapped him up and were rewarded when he bounced back to hit .282/.354/.521 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 79 plate appearances in the month of September.
Young will serve as the club’s fourth outfielder, behind Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, and Carlos Beltran.
Chris Young finished strong with the Yankees this season after flopping with the Mets and Mark Feinsand and Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News are reporting that there’s “mutual interest” in him returning to the Bronx.
With Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, and Carlos Beltran already in-house, the Yankees envision bringing Young back as a fourth outfielder for 2015. The 31-year-old hits right-handed and can play all three outfield positions, so he could have value in that role.
The Mets gave Young a one-year, $7.25 million contract last offseason to be their regular left fielder, but he batted just .205 with eight home runs and a .630 OPS in 88 games before being released in August. He quickly latched on with the Yankees and hit .282 (20-for-71) with three home runs and an .876 OPS over 23 games.
Just minutes after announcing a three-year contract extension with general manager Brian Cashman the Yankees have fired hitting coach Kevin Long, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
Long has been New York’s hitting coach since 2007, during which time the Yankees lineup scored the second-most runs in all of baseball. However, they ranked 13th in runs among AL teams this season after ranking 10th last year.
It’s hard to blame Long for guys like Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltran, and Ichiro Suzuki getting old/hurt, but big-money free agent pickups Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury also underwhelmed this season.
Mostly this just seems like the Yankees wanted to find a scapegoat while not wanting to part ways with Cashman or manager Joe Girardi, in which case it’s easiest to cut the hitting coach who presided over a terrible offense regardless of how much blame he deserved.
Couple of updates here on the developing market for Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas, who was declared eligible for free agency late last week by MLB …
Ben Badler of Baseball America reports that the Padres held a second private workout with Tomas on Wednesday in the Dominican Republic. The first was last Friday. Both of these workouts were attended by new Padres GM A.J. Preller, who also scouted the 23-year-old corner outfielder at his open showcase on September 20. That means Preller has seen Tomas three different times in about three weeks.
Tomas is thought to be seeking more than $100 million and the Padres don’t often spend big, but perhaps team ownership has opened up the purse strings a bit for Preller. San Diego is in desperate need of a long-term power bat, and Tomas probably fits that mold better than anyone on the market this winter.
George A. King III of the New York Post, meanwhile, is hearing that the Yankees do not plan to seriously pursue Tomas. They’re committed to a starting outfield of Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Carlos Beltran, and the designated hitter spot should be filled next season by Alex Rodriguez.
Tomas has done other private workouts in the Dominican with the Rangers and Phillies.