NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — He flamed out during his first stint in New York, but Chris Young may soon get another chance.
According to CBSSports.com and WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, the Yankees have taken a flyer on the former Met, signing the veteran outfielder to a minor league contract.
Young received a ton of attention after Mets general manager Sandy Alderson signed him to a one-year, $7.25 million contract last offseason. For a long while he was the Mets’ lone big-money acquisition, drawing the ire from fans.
The move just didn’t pan out as Young, who is known more for his defensive prowess, hit just .205 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 88 games before being released in early August.
If called up to the majors, the 30-year-old outfielder likely would join Ichiro Suzuki as a backup to starters Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran.
For his nine-year career, Young is hitting .233 with 152 homers, 476 RBI and 129 stolen bases.
The Yankees (68-62) entered Wednesday night’s game in Detroit seven games out of the AL East lead and 3 1/2 behind the second wild card spot.
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