TUESDAY: Young gets about $28MM over five years (2009-13). 2013 would’ve been his first year of free agent eligibility. There’s also a club option for 2014.
8:17am: According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks "appear to be closing in on a long-term contract" with 24 year-old center fielder Chris Young. It may be similar to but less than Troy Tulowitzki’s six-year, $30MM deal. Young has five seasons left under team control, including this one. Certainly Kenny Williams wishes he’d sent Brian Anderson to Arizona for Javier Vazquez instead, but the deal has still benefitted both clubs.
The only knock on Young in his near 30/30 rookie season was his .295 OBP. It seems that he will improve on that this year, perhaps drawing 70 walks and hopefully raising his batting average.