Five Biggest Steals of Free Agency

Chris Young (LF/OF) – New York Yankees – 1 year/$2.5 million

Chris Young more than likely signed with the New York Yankees knowing he would be used primarily as a bench player, but his time spent them last season was more than satisfactory. He had an OBP of .351 and a SLG of .521, along with three home runs in 23 games with the Yankees. Young can play all three outfield positions, which is important in case of injury. The Yankees are the thinnest at left field which works in Young’s favor because he’ll probably see significant time out there. If Young is able to put up similar stats as last season, in more games this coming season, that $2.5 million will look like a very modest number. He’s not a high average guy, but he has power and versatility, and if there are still any skeptics, please refer back to his monstrous 2011 playoffs – $2.5 million is a fantastic deal for what Young can bring to the table.

2 Responses

  1. Pat

    If Billy Butler had shown more power, he wouldn’t have signed with the A’s. Royals would have picked up his option.

  2. Kevin

    The Butler signing is bigger in name only, but his impact will be negligible for that team after the fire sale they’ve engaged in.


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