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Young has largely struggled as an Athletic
Under general manager Billy Beane, the A's have developed a reputation for getting more player-for-player bang for their buck than most teams.
That said, there have been exceptions to this general rule. Based on the early returns for 2013, Chris Young is primed to be added to the misses list for Beane.
It is important to note that not a ton has been expected of Young. Seen as the fourth outfielder, Young was Oakland's Lloyd's of London insurance, as A's management has often relied on cut-rate policies to help them with outfield depth. Considering the injuries to Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes in 2012, it seemed like a wise idea to acquire Young from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In 47 games so far this season, Young has six home runs and 23 RBI. That's respectable over a full season (projected: 14 HR's, 52 RBI). What's not found in those stats has been the large stretches of ineptitude Young has had in Oakland.
What those numbers don't say is that Young has had 16 of those 23 RBI in six games, with three of those games coming against the Houston Astros. In total, Young has 11 hits in 34 at-bats (.324 average) with two homers and nine RBI against the hapless Astros and just 20 hits in 133 at-bats against everyone else (.150 average).
Across the board, Young's numbers are less than his career averages. His .186 batting average is 50 points less than his .236 career average. While Young isn't known for a high on-base percentage, it is currently 45 points lower than his career average (.271 in 2013/.316 career). Young's OPS is a paltry .630, nearly 120 points lower than his career .749 total.
Putting that in perspective, Eric Sogard's OPS is currently .663. Young earns $8.5 million, the most on the club along with Cespedes. Whether it is fair or not, Young is never supposed to be unfavorably compared to a second baseman like Sogard. As such, he has more than merited his place on this list.