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UPDATE: Mets close to signing Chris Young

Nov 29, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

Chris Young throwing

UPDATE: Not so fast. According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, a baseball executive says the Mets and Chris Young are not close to an agreement yet. The two sides are said to be talking, though.

8:01 PM: Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that the Mets are closing in on a contract with free agent right-hander Chris Young.

Young, 31, has been limited to just 18 starts over the past two seasons due to shoulder problems. He went 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA and 15/11 K/BB ratio over four starts with the Padres this past season.

There’s no word on the terms of the deal, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports was told that Young had multiple one-year incentive-laden contract offers on the table.

Sandy Alderson and Paul DePodesta both formerly worked for the Padres, so history probably plays a significant part here. The Mets are also working with limited funds this winter as they wait for some bad contracts to come off the books, so low-risk/high-upside signings make sense, especially for a rotation that will be missing Johan Santana indefinitely. Young only throws in the mid 80s at this point and is primarily a flyball pitcher, but assuming he is healthy, Citi Field should be a pretty decent match for his profile.

  1. mrznyc - Nov 30, 2010 at 8:59 AM

    Best DL in baseball

  2. BC - Nov 30, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Would be worth rolling the dice. If he can stay healthy for more than a week, he’d help out as a 4th starter. Sign him up, guys!

  3. icanspeel - Nov 30, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Chris young is good in Petco, but will probably struggle if he goes to the Mets and stays healthy. Even during his short stint back with the Pads there were several flyballs that didn’t leave Petco but would have anywhere else.

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