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New York Mets sign outfielder Chris Young to one-year deal

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Chris Young hit .200 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs last season for Oakland.

NEW YORK (AP) The Mets' outfield is getting Younger.

In their first significant move of the offseason, the Mets agreed with outfielder Chris Young on a $7.25 million, one-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The agreement is subject to a physical, the person said Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press because the deal was not yet final.

A 30-year-old outfielder, Young hit .200 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs last season for Oakland, which acquired him from Arizona as part of a three-team trade after the 2012 season. His best year was 2010, when he batted .257 for the Diamondbacks with 27 homers and 91 RBIs.

Young joins a projected outfield that includes Eric Young Jr. - the NL stolen base leader - and Juan Lagares. Andrew Brown also is competing for a job.

Coming off its fifth straight losing season, New York has more payroll flexibility this offseason.

Young made $8.5 million in the final guaranteed season of a $28 million, five-year contract, and the Athletics turned down an $11 million option.

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