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Chris Young wants to be an Astro

Chris Young (the outfielder, not the pitcher) wants to be a Houston Astro. Young, who was in attendance at last night’s fundraiser for Bo Porter’s S.E.L.F. Foundation, told Brian McTaggart that he would love to play for his hometown team.

The Astros have not yet contacted the Bellaire High School grad who became a Free Agent after the 2013 season. Young says he is currently talking to multiple teams — but it sounds like Houston would be his preferred landing spot.

I love everything about the city and the team. They’re growing, and I feel they’re going to make some moves here soon. They have a good future. I’m open to all the possibilities.

Young’s Ruthian statistics compiled at Minute Maid Park have been well documented and discussed. If there was ever a guy that seemed like a perfect fit for a team — this is the guy… and the team.

Taking into account the fact that Young is coming off a subpar performance with the Oakland Athletics in 2013, he should be available at a reasonable price. Heck, he would probably even give the Astros a hometown discount. It sounds like Young is practically begging the Astros to contact him to discuss a deal.

That should be music to Jim Crane’s ears. What are we waiting for? Let’s get this guy in an Astros uniform!

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  • Bob Hulsey

    Chris Snyder alert. Snyder was a Houston product that killed Astros pitching but, when he became an Astro, it was clear Houston was the only team he could hit. I have major vibes that Chris Young would be the same way. Without Astro pitching to feast on, how good is he going to be?

    • astrosince1975

      I’m not suggesting that he will be the savior of the franchise. But, Young is only 2 years removed from posting back-to-back 5 WAR seasons. Some home cookin’ could be just what he needs to get back on track. Obviously the desire is there and we need someone to bridge the OF gap to guys like Santana and Tucker.

      • Bob Hulsey

        His 3-year averages: .225/.312/.412/.725 – 15 HRs, 13 SBs, 104 K. I wish I could tell you what they are minus how he pulverizes Astros pitching but being unable to do that drops those numbers further. It’s nice he actually wants to play here but, with his success at MMP, who could blame him? Still, is his success about Houston’s poor pitching or about home cooking?

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