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The New Dimension Of Chris Young
In 2012, Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin became very fond of platooning players at various positions last year, sometime because of necessity when dealing with injuries and sometimes in order to optimize matchups by using depth of his roster. It will be more of the same in 2013, but new challenges lay ahead as players have come and gone. Insert Chris Young, the talented centerfielder acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in October. He will naturally take the place of Jonny Gomes, who joined the Boston Red Sox as a free agent by signing a two-year, $10 million deal. That was clearly more than Oakland was willing to pay for a part-time player with defensive limitations. Instead, The A's went with Young, who could be due more than $19 million over the next two seasons if his team option is picked up for 2014. But unlike Gomes, Young's value lies in his defense and expected versatility. "He can beat you with his glove, he can beat you with power, he can beat you with speed," Melvin...
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