New York Yankees: Grading The Offseason

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Sep 17, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees left fielder Chris Young (24) at bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Re-signed Chris Young for 1 year and $2.5 million

Grade: B

Young is far removed from his better days with the Diamondbacks, but he does hold value for the role the Yankees plan on using him in. He is the fourth outfielder behind Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner, and Carlos Beltran. Given Beltran’s age and past knee issues, Young will likely be placed in the lineup whenever Joe Girardi wants to give Beltran a much needed day off. As a right-handed bat, he also presents the ability to platoon with lefties Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury. If Girardi does use him in a platoon role, he will have to bat higher than .149 against lefties like he did a year ago.

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