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The Mets sign Chris Young

Nov 22, 2013, 9:14 AM EDT

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets have signed outfielder Chris Young to a one-year contract, pending a physical. The deal is for $7.2 million.

This makes some sense. Young is coming off of two straight blah seasons (in 2013 he hit .200/.280/.379 with 12 homers and 10 steals). But he does have a good mix of power and speed, and if he can raise that batting average up even as high as .250 he’s not a bad value as an every day center fielder.

  1. MetsGoon - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Reblogged this on Put It In The Books and commented:
    Now this is the signing we have all come to know, expect and loath from Sandy Alderson since he took over as GM of our beloved Mets.

    Why not add another high strikeout guy to the team that led the league in strikeouts last year.

    Chris Young, the pitcher, was a failed experiment for the most part, so I guess they figured why not try the other Chris Young.

    I don’t believe this guy is an upgrade over Eric Young Jr. in the outfield and until I see an actual amount that he was given for his contract I will hold back any further ranting.

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      Well look at it this way, the Mets are trying keep the team Young!

      • fanofevilempire - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:05 AM

        Mets are saving their money for Cano………

        Baseball Santa

    • mtr75 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      It’s not Sandy’s fault. THE WILPONS ARE BROKE.

      • fanofevilempire - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        Santa will deliver Cano, watch and see.

      • mtr75 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:20 AM

        They didn’t “save” jack, they paid this clown $7.25 million!!!! For a guy who hit .200 last year! Does he have pictures of Sandy with a woman other than his wife?

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        If only they were in a media market capable of generating revenue! What they need is a new stadium and their own TV network. Man, things would be different if they had all that

    • gammagammahey - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

      Chris Young the pitcher was worth about 1 WAR over 20 starts in 2012. Unspectacular and dreadfully boring to watch, but not a failed experiment by any means for a team needing stopgap starting pitching during a transition period.

    • Cranky Cuss - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:26 PM

      Agreed. The last thing the Mets need is another mediocre outfielder.

  2. xdj511 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Wait… I’m confused… this isn’t the tall pitcher the Mets had a couple of years ago?

    No?

    I’m still confused. We already have Eric Young, Jr., Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenheis… need I go on? Can anybody provide some insight into what Sandy Alderson is thinking?

    • chill1184 - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      My guess is that he will be platooned with Young. Young at least in my mind is a platoon/bench player

      • xdj511 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        Wait… Young? Which Young? When did the Mets become an Abbott and Costello routine?

      • chill1184 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        Oh wow, I meant Eric Young Jr is best served as a bench/platoon than an every day player. Didnt even catch that

  3. proudlycanadian - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Ken Rosenthal claims that the Metropolitans are “still in the mix” for Nelson Cruz.

    • mtr75 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      Yeah, right!

    • xdj511 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:42 AM

      29th ahead of the Marlins?

  4. misterscmo - Nov 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Sounds like this is purely a cost-reduction signing….obviously the Mets got a volume discount on a bunch of YOUNG jerseys.

    • ptfu - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:02 AM

      Rumor has it Delmon and Michael are also available.

  5. mtr75 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    If this isn’t proof that once again, the Wilpons are LYING and that there is absolutely nothing different about this off-season than the last 3, I don’t know what is. Cheap losers, guys coming off injury, guys looking to rebound, guys coming off suspension. This is what the Mets will sign this off-season. Same as last year, same as the year before, same as the year before that.

    At some point it’s finally going to sink in with people that THE WILPONS CANNOT AFFORD TO RUN A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAM. They are BROKE.

    • emdash01 - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Should they be making big signings for 2014, though? Without Matt Harvey, they can’t reasonably be expected to compete. 2015 on should be the window they’re focusing on.

      • mtr75 - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        They’ve said for the last 4 years that 2014 was the year when they would be free of the contracts (which was a lie, too, but let’s not get into that now). You can’t say because we have one player out with injury that we throw in the towel and wait until next year. It’s time for the Wilpons to put up or shut up. And they seem pretty quiet.

      • jfk69 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        and if Harvey doesn’t make it all the way back….2019
        Time to get a new owner for the Mets. Not this one who spends more time worrying about developing the lot across the street Bloomberg gave him. and that is one huge lot

  6. phillysports1 - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Juan lagares is their best outfielder hands down .

  7. paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    This is a weird signing by the Mets. I thought Young would be a good signing by a team as a depth/bench player. Plus defense and some power, but he generally has never hit enough to be an everyday player….bad combination of Ks, pop ups and weak fly balls make maintaining a decent OBP tough to do.

  8. sdelmonte - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Dear lord, am I the only Mets fan around here who likes Sandy? I trust him. He brought us Wheeler, Syndegaard and D’Arnaud, Marlon Byrd, and Eric Young. He has a plan.

    And I liked the other Chris Young before he got hurt.

    • paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      I think he is doing okay with what he has available. The trades he has made to add young talent to the system have almost all been fantastic….it isn’t like he walked into a situation in which the team was swimming in talent or valuable assets at any level. We really have no idea what the time table is for the Wilpons having enough cash to increase payroll again.

      • mtr75 - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:46 AM

        “We really have no idea what the time table is for the Wilpons having enough cash to increase payroll again.”

        Yeah we do: never. They are BROKE. They owe a $320,000,000 balloon payment in June of 2014 on debt against the stadium and a $450,000,000 balloon payment in June 2015 on debt against SNY. They sold shares of the team to themselves. They’ve borrowed money to pay front office staff. They “bought” the TV rights to their own team on the cheap to make SNY seem über-profitable and then borrowed to the hilt against the network. They’ve been playing a shell game for years, going deeper and deeper and deeper into the hole. They make Madoff look like an upstanding guy. They. Are. Broke. When will people understand this?

      • paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        I know those things….but they have been able so wriggle off the hook a number of times and they are still bringing in enough money to pay off their loans (or to refinance them) without defaulting….so far.

        What I meant was, we don’t know how many years it might be before they can spend more money on payroll….but we know it won’t be soon.

      • sdelmonte - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Sadly, I think the Wilpons are several years away, mainly because they owe so much for the new stadium.

      • mtr75 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM

        With any luck they are 6 months away from having to sell. If they can’t refinance that balloon payment in June they are finished. They can easily sell and cover their debts, and if I were they people they owe close to a billion dollars to, I’d have them do just that. I pray they can’t refinance. Lord do I pray they can’t refinance.

      • paperlions - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        Yeah, I am amazed they have made it this long.

        Anyone with real money that could help wouldn’t be interested in a partnership to bail them out….as evidenced by their attempt to “sell” shares in the team that gave the “buyer” almost nothing in return. They seem to be pretty much on their own, and they are still leveraged to the hilt.

        Sucks for Mets fans, just an agonizing wait prolonging the seemingly inevitable while watching a crappy product in the mean time…..then, their souls got crushed even more with the UCL injury to Harvey.

  9. tmohr - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    I think Craig is far too optimistic here. Young just turned 30, and his OPS+ has declined each season from a career high in 2010. His ratio stats are getting worse as well (here’s a tidbit – his career GO/AO ratio is almost as low as Rob Deer’s was). On top of all that, his fielding went south last season as well.

    I think it’s just as likely that he’s out of the majors by this time next year.

    • billybawl - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Young definitely had a poor year with the A’s last year, but at the beginning of the season the debate was how the A’s would basically have 4 starting OFers who could be starting CFers. He’s worth a flier — his 2013 troubles may be due in part to fact that he never got regular playing time. As they say, there’s no such thing as a bad one-year deal.

  10. doctornature - Nov 22, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Charley Finley was right. It is not ‘paying the stars’ that breaks baseball. He was arguing against the arbitration process when Free Agency started. It is paying the guys like Chris Young 7 MILLION that he knew would happen. He advised making every player a free agent every year rather than agree to the arbitration process, and this is proof of his theory. Look at those stats and say this with a straight face: “Boy, signing Chris Young for 7 MM was a steal”

    Mets make another mess in their diaper.

    • emdash01 - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      This doesn’t really break baseball. There’s more money in the sport than ever, and the players are getting a more reasonable amount of the money they generate. That’s a good thing – it’s not like this will have all that much impact on the team’s overall bottom line.

      • doctornature - Nov 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM

        Maybe not, but it definitely makes the fans broke. Check concession prices, parking ($75 at Fenway) and how about the $2,500 seats behind home plate at Yankee stadium?

        The average fan can’t afford to go to a single game unless they make 50 grand a year. I love the game but can’t afford to go, which is a shame.

      • billybawl - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:08 PM

        I wish that ticket prices would go down if salaries came down first. But this assumes that owners would pass any savings on to fans. They charge the highest ticket price they think they can get away with. If salaries were lower, they’d just pocket the savings.

    • gammagammahey - Nov 22, 2013 at 2:11 PM

      You’re right, the players getting their fair share of baseball’s record revenues on the open market sure is terrible.

  11. eagles512 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Byrd at 8 million suddenly looks like a steal.

  12. jfk69 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Well that’s Sandy’s game. Fill out the roster with over priced bench/role players and then tell the fans…We wisely spent the meager funds we had available to fill the 25 positions. Wait till next when we have more cap space and a new cable contract.
    Selig gone. Just his buddies Wilpon and Lauria to go.

  13. jfk69 - Nov 22, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    The only tickets I will buying next year for the Mutts will be stub hub 10 buck specials. Field a TRIPLE AAA team..Pay for what you get.
    2014 Mets paid attendence will be 1.7 million..Maybe
    Only sell outs. Opening day and maybe one of those free after he game rock and roll shows

  14. abutter1983 - Nov 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    What a waste of 7 million. Can they please do something smart. This is a horrible move!!!!!

  15. junglerat524 - Nov 22, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    $7.2 million for that? Not gonna worry about the Mets next year. Again.

  16. jimboslice1 - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    The 7 was steep but he was almost a 30/30 guy a couple years ago. Maybe they think they can fix him. Remember, everyone felt the same way about Byrd last year…

  17. mrznyc - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Without Bernie the Wilpons haven’t a financial clue. Getting overly concerned about the Mets anytime before the Wilpons sell is pointless.

  18. kev86 - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Alderson should have spin ion this one.

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