The Mets have made their first big move of the off-season, reportedly signing outfielder Chris Young to a one-year, $7.25 million contract. Let’s hope this works out better than the other Chris Young.
Young is 30 years old and plays all three outfield positions, but mostly center field. He will likely play one of the corners with the Mets with Juan Lagares manning center.
He has power, which the most so desperately need — Chris Young hit 32 home runs in his first full season in 2007 and hit 27 in 2010. But that was in homer haven Chase Field in Arizona. Last year in the larger O.co Coliseum in Oakland he managed just 12 homers in 107 games.
Young also hit a paltry .200 last season and is just a .235 hitter for his career. For a team that claims it values on-base percentage, Young’s career mark is a mediocre .315. He also strikes out a lot.
The Mets seem to be sticking to their plan of signing mid-tier free agents. But with the price of free agents expected to be through the roof, this is apparently the best the Mets could find at this price level.
I will not pass judgment on Chris Young since I do not know much about him, but his numbers are a cause for concern. More alarming is whether this signing sets the tone for the Mets off-season. If Young is a complimentary piece, fine. But if this is the best player the Mets acquire this winter, then we are in for a very long 2014 season.