For the New York Mets, enough is enough with outfielder Chris Young. It’s time for the Mets to admit that signing him, especially for $7.25 million, was a mistake, and it’s time for the team to cut its losses and release him.
The Mets signed Young with the hopes that he would bounce back from what was the worst season of his career in 2013. They promised him at bats and an opportunity to prove himself, and he’s received that but hasn’t produced. Young has put up a pitiful slash line of .295/.279/308 with four home runs and 16 RBIs, and he’s shown no signs of improvement over the course of the season. At this point in the season, what the Mets have seen from Young up to this point is what they can expect to get for the rest of the season, and there’s no reason to keep him around and continue to weigh down the Mets’ lineup.
The money owed to Young is not a reason to keep him; the Mets have to pay Young $7.25 million this season whether he plays or not, and with his performance this season he can help the Mets more by no longer being on the roster. Young’s contract will be a waste of money no matter what, so the Mets might as well rid themselves of him for the remainder of the season.
Not only has Young struggled to hit, but he hasn’t been particularly impressive defensively either, so there is no benefit in keeping him around. The Mets will soon get Juan Lagares back from the DL to be their everyday center fielder, with Curtis Granderson, Bobby Abreu and Eric Young Jr. available to play the corner outfield spots. If the Mets need an extra center fielder, they have Kirk Nieuwenhuis on their bench, and giving a younger player like him playing time is preferable to giving Young playing time. The Mets also have Andrew Brown, Matt den Dekker and Cesar Puello in triple-A, and it’s unlikely that any of those players would be worse than Young has been this year.
By waiting any longer to cut ties with Young, the Mets are only repeating the mistakes they made with previous free agent signings that didn’t work out. The Mets have to pay Young no matter what, so they should just pay him to go away. He’s doing nothing to help the Mets win games, and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be gone when Lagares returns from the DL, if not sooner.