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11-22-2013, 06:33 PM
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That's not true. He was the same player in 2012 as he was in 2011 and 2010 he just was hurt and missed games. Last year he had a bad year, sure, doesn't mean he can't play anymore. He is getting paid the amount a below average starter gets while providing above average production. It's a good investment. The 7 million can not be spent on someone better. It's not a lot of money for a baseball player. Jason Vargas just got 8M/yr for 4 years in his age 31-35 season to be a bottom of the rotation decent starter. There is no evidence to support Young being in a decline now. The difference between 2012 (good player) and 2013 (bad player) Chris Young was essentially 30 points of babip, a slightly higher k rate(but a rate he's had before). Additionally another reason to consider his lower average/babip last year was he, a huge flyball hitter -and someone who pops up a lot-, moved to Oakland which is a place with massive amounts of foul territory which almost certainly cost him extra popouts and flyouts that would have been foul balls in ARI/will be in NY.

I would have preferred we signed him to a 2-3 year deal than a 1 year deal even. And I would certainly rather have Young for 7M a year than Nelson Cruz for 12-15.

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