Well, it’s been awhile since we’ve talked about the possibility of an actual baseball player joining the New York Mets, but according to reports, it appears as if Chris Young (formerly of the San Diego Padres) could be on his way to Queens. Check out the wire story posted on ESPNNY.com here.
Young, 31, is coming off a three straight injury-plagued seasons in San Diego, in which he only started 36 games. Last season, the 6’10″ former Princeton basketball star pitched only 20 innings (2-0, 0.90 ERA) because of a strained right shoulder. The Padres obviously loved this guy’s talent and upside but decided to decline his $8.5 million option for 2011 because of fragility.
This is exactly the type of starter the Mets need to attempt bring into the fold. A guy with big upside who if healthy, could turn into a steal. We know they team isn’t going to bid on the one front line pitcher on the market, Cliff Lee, so it is imperative Sandy Alderson and crew add to the rotational depth with Johan Santana’s health being a big question mark.
Nothing is imminent here with Chris Young, but having watch this guy pitch a bunch the past five years or so, I believe signing him would be a step in the right direction. Winter Meetings start in less than seven days so stay tuned for the Hot Stove chatter to pick up in the coming hours and days.