Yankees sign Chris Young, release Alfredo Aceves and Corban Joseph
Young, 30, signed a one-year, $7.25 million contract with the Mets last winter, and he hit .205 with eight home runs, 28 RBI and seven stolen bases in 88 games before being designated for assignment earlier this month. Because he cleared waivers and was fully released by the Mets, they are on the hook for most of his contract, with the Yankees only responsible for paying Young a pro-rated portion of the MLB minimum (roughly $100K for the remainder of the season at this point).
He will likely be assigned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but could earn a call-up on September 1 to serve as a right-handed bat off the bench and would be eligible to play if the Yankees reach the postseason.
Aceves, 31, was signed to a minor-league deal in March and split the season between the majors and Triple-A, going 1-2 with a 6.52 ERA in 10 appearances for the Yankees and 0-1 with a 3.49 ERA in seven games (five starts) for the RailRiders. He had been on SWB's restricted list since July 3, when he was hit with a 50-game suspension for a positive drug test, and was removed from that list before being officially released.
Joseph, 25, had made his MLB debut with the Yankees last year but missed most of the season with a shoulder injury and was outrighted off the 40-man roster last winter. He remained in the organization and spent all of 2014 with the RailRiders, hitting .268 with four homers and 28 RBI in 70 games.
The RailRiders also announced one other roster move Tuesday, reinstating outfielder Adonis Garcia from the disabled list to replace Joseph on the roster.