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.
Tim Tebow is not having a very good go of it in Triple-A. He’s hitting .157/.216/.231 in his first 34 games at the minors’ top level. This is somewhat problematic given that the worse the Mets’ season goes — and it ain’t going great right now — the more likely it is that they’ll want to give him a big league cup of coffee at the end of the year. I mean, they still might do it anyway, but I’m sure they’d like his slugging percentage to be higher than his weight when they do.
Yesterday, though, the Heisman Trophy winner did something good: he hit a dinger. His first since his promotion to Syracuse. It came in his 105th at bat of the year.
The homer was the product of a recent hot — well, let’s call it warm — streak that he’s been on of late. Tebow has hit in seven of his past nine games, raising his average from .130 to .157. He has five doubles and 11 RBI on the year to go with that homer. Citi Field, here he comes.
Here’s the blast is in all of its minor league glory: