Chris Young Opts Out of Nationals Contract
Former Mets pitcher Chris Young has exercised his option to decline an assignment to the minor leagues, and is now a free agent.
Should the Mets — who have lost Johan Santana from the starting rotation, and now have a pain in the neck from Shaun Marcum — bring Young back to Flushing? Would he want to return?
Post your thoughts in the comments.
If those plans fail, then I’m not really sure what value either will provide to the 2013 Mets….even in a “trade ’em off for anything you can get as the team slides in the 2nd half” capacity.
Marcum just seems like another guy who’s always going to have nagging injuries. I was intrigued by the prospect of a “healthy Marcum” when he was signed – but never expected him to be that version, especially since he decided to sign here….for a guaranteed $4MM + incentives.
……..literally no one else must have been interested at that point.
Hopefully, he’s able to pitch by May – if not earlier.
FWIW – I have no problems with Jeremy Hefner at the back-end of that rotation. When you start to hear names like the immortal Aaron Laffey and “Mighty” Chris Young (5 innings, max) – etc. – he looks even more attractive.
The guy was solid last year, with 8 Quality Starts out of the 13 (realistically, 12 – since he had to continue a start where there was a ridiculously long rain delay — then came back out to get bombed) he was afforded. I’ll take that, definitely as a sign that he earned a more prolonged look…..something the Mets haven’t liked to follow-through on with “on the bubble”-type players.
They’ve done far worse than Hefner in recent year – with some of the longer-term “auditions” they’ve doled out.
Chris Young is the ultimate injury risk. Who would hav thought that he would be looked to as a late spring solution to stabilize the starting staff, the team’s “strength” this year. It just goes to show how fleeting pitching is. Given that Santana may be done, and Marcum is going to be unreliable at best, and Mejia is now down indefinitely, the decision is simple – add Wheeler to the opening day staff or convince Young to return. I have no problem with Hefner as the 5th starter, but the notion of Gee-Hefner-Laffey is not a good one.
Anyone know Tim Wakefield’s number?
Young probably shouldn’t accept a job from a team that wants to replace him ASAP unless he has no other options. Probably best for both parties to wait for more news on Marcum’s neck.
Marcum is scheduled to start Game Six. We already have one Young, apparently. No need for two. I’m with W. on Hefner. Promising back-end guy. Someone else has to step up though.