In case you thought there was a slight chance that Chris Young would be returning to the Arizona Diamondbacks, you thought wrong. CY signed a one year, $7.25 million dollar deal with the New York Mets. Young spent 2013 with the Oakland A’s, having been dealt there for Cliff Pennington with Oakland picking up the bulk of his salary. In 335 at-bats with the A’s, CY hit 12 homers and drove in 40 runs with a line of .200/.280/.379 for the American League West champions. He did not appear in the American League Division series which the A’s lost in five games to the Detroit Tigers.
Young will make his return to Chase Field when the Mets visit Chase Field on April 14th. He ranks in the top five in D’back history in several offensive categories including second in doubles with 198, third in home runs with 132 and third in RBI’s with 408. He played in a total of 885 games with the D’backs, second most in club history and was the starting center fielder for the team when they won the National West title in 2007 and 2011. CY finished fourth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2007 and was selected to the All Star team in 2010, his best season. He set career highs in home runs with 27, RBI’s with 91 and steals with 28.
Best of luck to Chris Young as he gets ready to tackle the Big Apple.