The New York Mets have begun to get busy during the offseason. After meeting with Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson the Mets came to terms with outfielder Chris Young. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Young signed a one-year deal worth $7.25 million.
Young spent the majority of his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks, but he spent this past season with the Oakland Athletics. There have always been high expectations for the now 30-year old. However, he has never been able to meet those expectations on a consistent basis.
A one-year deal takes away any risk, and Young does bring some much needed pop to the lineup. However, even at just above $7 million the Mets may have overpaid. Young doesn’t represent a solid everyday starter and at best could be looked as a guy to split time. He plays a solid outfield, but his offensive presence could be much less than the Mets are hoping for. He strikes out a ton and has only batted over .250 once in his career.
The good news is the Mets don’t seem to be done. Multiple people have said the Mets have interest in Nelson Cruz. If Cruz does in fact end up with the Mets it makes the Young deal better. But if the Mets can’t add another outfielder the struggles of that group won’t see much improvement.
Of course there is the chance Young has a big year. He does have plenty of talent and every once in a while teams do find lighting in a bottle. James Loney of the Tampa Bay Rays would be an example.
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