This offseason the New York Mets inked veteran outfielder Chris Young to a one-year, $7.5 million deal which turned out to be anything but a good move. Young has clearly underperformed and struggled from day one. Now is the time for the Mets to cut ties with the outfielder, because he is taking away from playing time of younger players who need to get a shot in the outfield.
When Young signed the deal I was more than shocked that the Mets gave $7.5 million to a guy who hit .200 the previous year. The move looked even worse when the Baltimore Orioles signed outfielder Nelson Cruz to almost the same deal. We all have seen what Cruz has done this season which makes it even more painful to think about the Young signing.
What’s done is done; you can go on for hours about how bad this move was, but sometimes it just happens. Every move is not going to be a good one, and when a player is acquired you hope for the best. We have seen firsthand that the Mets come out on the short end of the stick when it comes to acquiring veteran players. Must I bring up the Jason Bay signing; that deal was much more substantial, but it just goes to show that every move that is made is not going to work out.
Young’s time with the Mets is just about up. He has a slash line of .205/.282/.349 which certainly hasn’t cut it. The Mets expected Young to be a power threat in the middle of their order, but he has only hit eight homers this year. At this point it looks like Young needs to be a fourth outfielder on a team, just not this team. With Young still on the roster, he is taking away at-bats from Eric Young Jr., Eric Campbell and recently recalled Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
The Mets have given Young opportunity after opportunity to get going, but he has just never been able to find his way. There is no reason for him to be on this team for any longer. He hasn’t produced at all, so why is he still around? I would love to see the Mets let Campbell go out in left field and show what he can do when he is given an extended role on this club. I just don’t understand why they keep going back to Young when he has failed time and time again.
It’s a shame that it hasn’t worked out for Young in New York. But baseball is a business, and GM Sandy Alderson must do what’s best for business and cut ties with the underperforming outfielder.