Sep 21, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics center fielder Chris Young (25) hits a sacrifice fly to bat in a runner against the Minnesota Twins during the second inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Mets Agree to One Year Deal with OF Chris Young

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Mets have signed outfielder Chris Young to a one year deal.  The deal is pending a physical, and is reportedly worth $7.25 million dollars (Young made $8.7 million last season).

Young, 30, is coming off a down year.  Last season for the Athletics over 375 plate appearances, he had a triple slash of .200/.280/.379.

Overall, his career triple slash is .235/.315./.431.

Due to the fact that the 40-man roster is full, the Mets will have to clear a spot in order to fit Young in.


Over his eight year career, Young has played almost exclusively in center field.  However, he did appear in 50 games in the corner outfield spots last season (24 in left field, 26 in right field).

Young is viewed as a plus defender, and is a right-handed hitter, just like the incumbent center fielder Juan Lagares.

Unless the Mets are abandoning their plan of playing Lagares (not likely), I’d expect Young to see time in both right field in left field – primarily against left handed pitching.

For his career, Young has a triple slash of .262/.363./.474 against left handers.

Young doesn’t really fit Sandy Alderson’s mold – he’s a high strikeout, low OBP player.  However, he could be extremely valuable as part of a platoon.  If the reports are accurate, though, and Young is getting $7.25 million from the Mets, it would appear that he’ll be starting in one of the outfield positions.  Platoon players don’t get in excess of $7 million.

With reports coming out that Young’s deal is worth $7.25 million, this signing went from interesting to very underwhelming in a hurry.


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  • chums41

    Great signing, we desperately need another .235 lifetime hitter in the lineup. Keep up the solid work, Sandy!

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  • chums41

    I’m also not quite sure what the yearning for Nelson Cruz is all about. With the exception of 2012, the guy has only played 75% of a season between 2009-13. Maybe we can platoon him with the incredibly sub-mediocre Chris Young, whom you describe as an “extremely valuable part of a platoon?” That would make him and Cruz part of an $18mm platoon?? Seriously, is that the best we can do for $18mm???

  • Joe.02

    Why are they spending 7M for a fourth outfielder? This is the first presumptive MLB roster signing. It’s stupid on the merits and symbolically. This is the sort the team is supposed to be signing for a few million at most. I’m not one to whine about Alderson etc. but this time people will have a point.

  • Andrew Lloyd

    $7.25M for a guy who hit .200 last year and hasn’t had more than 330 ABs since 2011.


  • Kabeetz

    We passed on Marlon for 8 mil per year x 2 to get Chris Young at 7.25 x 1 ?

    It’s not going to be tough for Byrd to outperform Young even with regression.

    This is 25% of our 30 mil down the drain.

  • Ken Meoni

    Waiting on the Mega trade to happen…………………………………………still waiting.

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