According to Jon Heyman, the Mets and starting pitcher Chris R. Young have agreed on a one-year deal. Since the beginning of the off-season, the two parties have been linked together, so the official seal is hardly surprising–yet it still makes sense for both sides.
The Mets have been looking to add starting pitching depth, but at low costs and without the risky long-term deals that have burned them in the past. On the other end of the spectrum, Chris R. Young is looking to re-store his credibility as a dependable, healthy starting pitcher. It wasn’t too long ago that Young was considered one of the better young pitchers in the National League. From 2004 to 2008, the 6′ 10″ righty posted a 3.72 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 42 Wins, and 588 K’s in 655.6 IP for the Texas Rangers and San Diego Padres. The one thing holding Young back from a fruitful career, however, has been injuries. Between 2008 and 2010, Young only pitched 198.3 innings, and looked over-matched in 2009 (5.22 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 5:4 K/BB ratio).
Despite the rough road back from injury, Young tossed twenty quality innings late in 2010 for the Padres (0.90 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 15 K’s, 11 BB’s, and 2 Wins). Twenty innings might not be enough to secure a multi-year contract, but the Mets will just be on the hook for a one-year deal worth between $1.1 million plus incentives (deal could be worth as much as $4.5 million). With the addition of Young, the Mets rotation looks set with Mike Pelfrey, Jon Niese, R.A. Dickey, Chris Capuano, and now Chris R. Young. There aren’t any aces in there, but then again, there also aren’t any real weak points either.
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