The Yankees and Chris Young have “mutual interest” in a new deal

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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.

White Sox sign José Abreu to a three-year contract extension

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Yesterday the Chicago White Sox made a big signing of a new player, locking up catcher Yasmani Grandal for four years. Today they’ve made another big splash, re-signed current White Sox star José Abreu to a three-year, $50 million contract extension.

Abreu had already accepted the team’s qualifying offer last week so he was ensured of staying in Chicago for 2020, but now they’ll tear that up and replace it with this pact, adding two more years.

Abreu, who turns 33 before spring training, is coming off a 2019 season in which he posted a line of .284/.330/.503 with 33 home runs and 123 RBI. He has spent his entire major league career in Chicago, putting up a line of .293/.349/.513 and socking 179 homers in six seasons.