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Yankees sign Chris Young to minor league deal

The outfielder will provide depth for the Yankees down the stretch.

Christopher Pasatieri

The Yankees have agreed to sign outfielder Chris Young to a minor league contract, a baseball source has confirmed. The deal, which was first reported by Jon Heyman of, will have Young spend a few days at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before being called up to the major leagues, which is likely to happen once rosters expand on September 1.

Young, who turns 31 next week, was recently released by the Mets after hitting .205/.283/.346 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 88 games on the season.

The outfielder signed a one-year, $7.25 million deal with the Mets before the season and is still guaranteed that money, so the Yankees will only have to pay him the prorated portion of the major league minimum once he makes the major league roster.

Because Young can play all three outfield positions, he will provide depth behind Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, Martin Prado and Ichiro Suzuki in the Yankees' outfield for the season's last month. He is a lifetime .205/.283/.346 hitter with 152 home runs and 476 RBI in nine major league seasons with the Diamondbacks (2006-2012), Athletics (2013) and Mets (2014), being named to the NL All-Star team in 2010 while hitting .257 with 27 home runs and 91 RBI in 156 games for Arizona.