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.
The Rockies fell 9-6 to the Orioles on Saturday, but the loss wasn’t without its bright spots. Case in point: Third baseman Nolan Arenado passed a significant career milestone on an Andrew Cashner fastball in the third inning, slugging the ball a projected 394 feet into the left field stands for his 200th career home run.
Arenado is the 34th active player to join the 200+ homer club and the first to do so since the Braves’ Freddie Freeman crossed that threshold on May 19. The three-run shot was the infielder’s 14th of the season and third since Friday, when he went deep twice against Orioles rookie John Means and reliever Shawn Armstrong. Following Saturday’s performance, he’s batting a robust .333/.377/.632 with 30 extra-base hits, 42 RBI, and a 1.009 OPS through 220 plate appearances.
He isn’t the only Rockies slugger making history, either. Arenado’s feat trailed that of Trevor Story, who clobbered an 0-2 pitch from Armstrong during the seventh inning of Friday’s 8-6 win. The two-run blast was his 100th home run in 448 career games, making him the fastest shortstop to reach the mark in MLB history.
The Rockies will vie for the series win as they round out the series on Sunday, with right-hander German Márquez scheduled to take the bump against fellow righty David Hess at 3:10 PM EDT.