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.