Even With Chris Young, New York Mets Still Need Outfield Help
The New York Mets got their offseason off to a modest, arguably disappointing start with the signing of free agent outfielder Chris Young. But with so many needs to fill, their offseason is far from over. In fact, their work in the outfield has just begun as the Mets still need to bring in at least one more outfielder from outside the organization, possibly two.
Young has a chance to make an impact next year, but that’s far from a guarantee coming off a season in which he hit just .200 and had career lows in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage. Even if Young pans out the way the Mets are hoping he will, their outfield remains incomplete and they need to add another outfielder with power to their lineup.
With Young in the fold, the Mets could still target free agent Nelson Cruz. Although he would cost the Mets their second-round draft pick next year as well as a considerably amount of money, Cruz is an ideal fit for them. He has plenty of power, and with Young and Juan Lagares in the outfield, the Mets need a legitimate power threat in their lineup. They could hide Cruz defensively in left field because both Lagares and Young are elite defensive players.
Curtis Granderson is another outfield option worth exploring for the Mets. Young and Granderson both have 20 home run potential and hit from opposite sides of the plate, which could give the Mets’ lineup good balance and an adequate amount of power. The Mets would also have incredible speed in the outfield defensively, while they could hide Granderson’s weak arm in left field.
Whether the Mets end up sign Cruz, Granderson, someone else or if they work out a trade, they do need to add at least one more outfielder. Young isn’t nearly enough to fill the void in the Mets’ outfield and the power void in their lineup. Sandy Alderson finally acquired an asset with the potential to pay off by signing Young, but he needs to do more to help the Mets’ outfield.