Mets sign OF Chris Young to one-year deal

Posted: November 22, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Chris Young brings some much needed pop to the Mets uncertain outfield

Chris Young brings some much needed pop to the Mets uncertain outfield

The Mets have made their first move of what should be a very busy winter, signing OF Chris Young to a one-year deal worth $7.25 million. Young, 30, had a miserable year in Oakland during the 2013 season, hitting just .200 with a .280 OBP and 12 homers for the AL West champions. Young is a very good defensive outfielder who can play all three outfield positions. As of now he will start but that should change should the Mets bring in a few other hitters.

Did the Mets overpay for Young here a little? Yes but this isn’t out of line with what other outfielders such as Marlon Byrd ( 2 yr/$16) or David Murphy (2 yr/$12) have received.

This is the kind of move the Mets will make all winter. Looking for guys on the cheap who are candidates for a bounce back season. Young was a borderline star with the Diamondbacks and made the All-Star team in 2010. He has always had great power but his average and strikeout rates have always left something to be desired and have declined the last few years. In Oakland he struggled because his already bad strikeout rate ballooned all the way to an anemic 25% strikeout rate. He also just pops the ball up way to much so perhaps another change of scenery would do him some good.

Last year Young didn’t hit anyone but before that he was very good player against left-handed pitching so perhaps the Mets can find him a platoon partner. Eric Young Jr. who will be on the mets bench next season has also hit lefties much better than righties over the course of his career so he isn’t the ideal platoon partner. Considering this is about 25% of the Mets budget he will likely be starting in an outfield corner on Opening Day.

Young will probably get 400-500 at bats with the Mets but it is unknown if they will be all in one position or as a super utility outfielder playing all three spots. All of that likely depends on what other outfielders are brought in this winter. The Mets have been very interested in Young the past few years.

The Mets have already spent more money this winter than they did during the entire 2012-2013 offseason.

The Mets 40-man roster now stands at 41 so they will have to designate a player for assignment to make room for Young.

Do you like the Mets first move of the offseason?

  1. frank says:

    I Think this is a nice move by the Mets.
    Keep up the good work Steve !

  2. Mike Young says:

    Steve – I have no problem with any of the Sandy Alderson signings thus far as long as they are perimeter signings and not the signings that are needed to move the Mets from the inertia of the last three yesrs into an over 500 team contending for a play off spot. Much more than what is happening so far needs to happen for this team to become respectable again. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Yeah Mike the initial reaction is the Mets overpayed big time here and I just don’t agree with that. Yes he is coming off a tough year but he has upside and they gave him 7.2 million which is the cheapest deal so far in the offseason. The problem is the Mets 30 million budget not this deal. Thanks again Mike!

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