Mets Sign Chris Young
Somewhat unusual signing for a team already stocked with fourth and fifth outfielders, but perhaps Terry Collins can channel the ghost of Gil Hodges and platoon this collection of flawed players to success.
On the positive side, Young once hit 32 homeruns in a season. On the negative side, that was in 2007. His numbers have steadily decreased since his rookie season. It was a pretty quick fall from grace, and sad, considering how much promise he showed as a 23-year-old.
Now, Young is 30, and coming off his worst season as a pro. He still has some power, and above-average running speed, but he strikes out a ton and doesn’t get on base very often. Prior to moving to Oakland, he hit LHPs better than he did RHPs, so there is some historical evidence supporting the theory that he could do well as part of a righty/lefty platoon in a corner spot (Lucas Duda, I’m looking at you). Additionally, Young is still a very capable center fielder, which is valuable.
Certainly, there will be much sarcasm from Mets fans on Twitter and throughout the blogoshpere, but I don’t hate this signing. I can see what the Mets are thinking — or rather, hoping. Many players have a rough time in their first year in a new league, and it’s very possible that returning to the NL, combined with playing exclusively against lefthanded pitchers, will turn Chris Young into one-half of a somewhat productive corner outfield platoon. Assuming this is only the beginning of a complete roster makeover, it’s a decent first move of the winter. Now, if this turns out to be the biggest the Mets make in the offseason, well, that’s another story. And considering that the cost of this one-year contract is $7.25M, there’s a possibility that this could turn out to be the Mets’ top free-agent signing. Did they overpay? Possibly, but they’re going to have to overpay for nearly every free agent they go after.
What’s your thought?