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.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays and infielder Brandon Lowe have agreed on a six-year, $24 million contract extension. Lowe has just 58 days of service time, so this will cover his three years of pre-arbitration as well as three arbitration years.
Lowe, 24, earned a promotion to the majors in early August last year, playing mostly at second base but also logging time in both outfield corners. Through the end of the season, he hit .233/.324/.450 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 148 plate appearances. Lowe also performed well this spring, batting .359/.405/.692 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI in 39 at-bats.
MLB Pipeline rates lowe as the No. 10 prospect in the Rays’ system. He is in line to see regular starts at second base, but the Rays will certainly be keen to utilize his versatility throughout the year.