On Saturday night, the Yankees agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with outfielder Chris Young. Today, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY adds that Young can earn up to $6.325 million in incentives included with his contract.
Young, who posted an .876 OPS in the month of September after joining the Yankees, will serve as the club’s fourth outfielder behind Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, and Carlos Beltran. Each in the trio has battled the injury bug, so it’s not inconceivable to think Young may eventually find his way into the lineup on a regular basis at some point during the 2015 season.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.
Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.
The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.