9/2/2014 6:55 P.M. ET
Yankees make flurry of moves, recall four
Catcher Murphy joined by righties Claiborne, Mitchell and Whitley on 40-man
By Jamal Collier / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Chris Young had already made the arrangements to have the furniture taken out from his New York City apartment. He had been cut by the Mets on Aug. 15, but he suddenly decided to wait.
"Something told me to hold it off until the end of the season," he said. "I'm glad I did."
Young found out one week later that he would be keeping his same apartment when he reached an agreement to sign with the Yankees.
He was selected to the Major League roster on Tuesday as part of a handful of September callups and roster moves ahead of Tuesday night's game against the Red Sox.
New York recalled four players -- catcher John Ryan Murphy; right-handers Preston Claiborne, Bryan Mitchell (ranked 20th among Yanks prospects by MLB.com) and Chase Whitley -- from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and selected left-hander Rich Hill and Young to the active roster from Triple-A. Each one of those players has spent time in the Majors this year.
Additionally, the Yankees signed outfielder Antoan Richardson and right-hander Chaz Roe to Major League contracts and selected them to the active roster from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
"Just different things that you felt you needed," manager Joe Girardi said. "Obviously pitching is always important this time of year. It gives you more options, with a doubleheader coming up eventually here. Speed off the bench in Richardson, Young who's been pretty productive in his career off left-handers, and a third catcher is not unusual."
Young, 30, vastly underperformed the expectations that came with the one-year, $7.25 million contract he signed with the Mets in the offseason. He was hitting just .205 with eight homers and a .630 OPS in 88 games.
"It didn't go as planned," Young said. "There's no real way to sugar-coat it. You go into a season expecting to do good things and it just didn't work out."
He added: "But at the same time, you have to let it go. This is a new team. They're on a path to try to make a playoff push right now. There's no real reason to hold onto the past. What's done is done, and all I can try to do is make the most of this new opportunity, and that's what I'm excited about."
To help make room on the roster, Masahiro Tanaka was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. It's purely a procedural move since the right-hander has been on the DL since July 9 because of a torn elbow ligament in his throwing arm.
The Yanks also released right-hander Matt Daley, recalled outfielder Slade Heathcott from Double-A Trenton and transferred him to the 60-day DL (right knee surgery) and designated outfielder Zoilo Almonte for assignment.
Young gives the Yankees some depth in the outfield and could play all three positions if needed. Young was not sure exactly what his role would be with the Yankees, but he is hoping to see the results from the adjustments to his approach at the plate he was making near the end of his time in Queens.
"Once you get a couple of games under your belt, you feel like you never left," Young said. "Try to make yourself feel like one of the guys.
"It's exciting to be able to say, even down the road, I got the chance to play for the Mets and the Yankees. Whether it was in the same year, or whether it was 10 years apart."
Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.