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Chris Young’s “days are numbered” with the Mets

Jun 23, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Chris Young was signed to a one-year, $7.25 million deal to provide some power and defense in the Mets’ outfield, but he’s been terrible on both sides of the ball so far and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that he could be let go as soon as this week if he doesn’t start producing in a hurry.

Young has hit .201 with four homers and a .596 OPS in 58 games. He’s always struck out a lot and posted poor batting averages, but at age 30 that OPS is 65 points below his previous career-worst mark from last season and 140 points belong his lifetime mark.

According to Rubin his “days are numbered” and the Mets are “prepared to eat the remainder of this year’s $7.25 million salary” to get rid of Young, who was an All-Star for the Diamondbacks as recently as 2010.

  1. chill1184 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Cue the trolls who say that it’s a classless move to (potentially) get rid of a player who isn’t producing….

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM

      well, since you asked:


    • sportsfan18 - Jun 23, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      classless move?

      he is NOT producing.

      They are paying him to play and produce and he’s taking their money and doing diddly squat.

      Oh, when they tell him to stay at home, he’ll STILL get paid too…

      The Mets are a business. They KNOW the money is a sunk cost.

      WHY have him take up space on the roster when they could play a kid to see how he will do?

      Bring up a prospect and give him the at bats that Diddly Squat would have squandered…

      you know what? others in business get FIRED everyday…

      NFL teams ROUTINELY cut players… oh and get this, when the NFL teams cut players, the NO LONGER get paid.

      if this were the NFL, this classless move would mean this player would NOT be getting paid while remaining at home…

  2. pmbryant - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Completely expected. Alderson would have been far better served spending more $$ on 1 decent FA hitter, rather that overpaying for several mediocre hitters nobody else wanted like Young & Granderson, etc., who collectively don’t add up to 1 decent player. Of course, with the Wilpons crying poverty and pretending that the Mets are a small market team (YOU CAN’T FOOL US, SELL THE TEAM IF YOU CAN”T AFFORD TO BANKROLL IT), Alderson probably wasn’t allowed to spend enough on a single player to land anyone of consequence. And with the Wilpons running the franchise into the ground, why would any decent player with other alternatives want to come here? TIME TO SELL THE TEAM, FRED. YOU HAD YOUR TIME, THAT TIME IS OVER.

    • hojo20 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      You mean a FA hitter….like nelson Cruz.

    • paqza - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Curtis Granderson is hitting better than Ellsbury and Beltrán. He’s also hitting and fielding better than Shin Soo Choo. So of the 4 “major” Free Agent outfielders to sign, Granderson is doing the best.

      I guess that doesn’t fit your narrative, though. LOLMets indeed.

      • carpi2 - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        I did not know Grandy is doing the best out of this year’s OF free agent class. That is interesting

  3. xbam1 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    i blame the fired Hitting coach for Chris Youngs numbers this year! Great use of your limited funds Sandy!! lol

    • paqza - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      Yes, now let’s conveniently ignore that Granderson’s having a better year than Beltrán, Ellsury, and Choo. GREAT JOB SANDY!

  4. rawdog2013 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    He sucked with the A’s last year and I’m glad he’s gone. He got booed the whole time which is what happens when a guy in Oakland has a high salary and doesn’t produce.

    He should play on the Astros where he has decent hitting numbers and it’s his home town

  5. robert2828 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    I dream of one day being good enough to get a huge contract, yet not good enough that they won’t pay me millions to go have fun and enjoy myself.

    • chinahand11 - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:49 AM

      Agreed, Robert. I would even take the major league minimum to strike out and go on the DL. Hey Wilpon! Over here! Me and Robert are available. (Waves arms.)

      • brimab - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        Hey me too! Geeze, I can play horribly in the field and strike out as well as anyone. AND I love the Mets. Where do I sign?

  6. vanmorrissey - Jun 23, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Wait and see Josh Byrnes will pick up the former Dback as those numbers are better than most Padres this ye……….oops, cancel that thought.

  7. eny611 - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Bottom line he sucked. Granderson doesn’t suck it’s just their is a lack of protection in that lineup. Granderson is starting to produce in the #1 spot in the batting order. They are 2 different players. Young got $7 mill for batting .200 last year. Only thye Mets. They need to also get a real 1st baseman and trade Murphy while he has value.

    • paqza - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      Totally agree on Murphy. If they could build a package around Murph for Van Slyke, that would take care of the LF problem. Duda’s not a good first baseman but he’s not the offensive void that CY and EYJ are in left. If the Mets acquire SVS, they could always move him to first when one of Conforto or Nimmo become available. Lastly, it’s important to note that Grandy’s having a better year than Choo, Beltrán, and Ellsbury.

  8. genericcommenter - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    I remember predicting this when he signed the contract.

  9. jfk69 - Jun 24, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Trade Murphy for what? He is the best hitter in Citi field on that team. In fact better than David Wright overall this year. If you trade him. You will then still need a shortstop, first baseman and a new second baseman. Second basemen typically do not bring a haul of prospects back.
    I am happy with Wright and Murphy. I need a shortstop and first baseman. Very possibly a catcher if Travis still can’t hit.
    The problem is the Mets don’t want to pay to fill these positions. When they do. They try to go on the cheap. The money would have better spent on Hughes who in spacious Citi Field would have shined. He could have also been used out of the bullpen. They could have had Holliday instead of Bay. The problem then was Bay was cheaper by 2 million a year over the contract length. They will have plenty of chances this coming winter. They need real pop at the power positions.
    Catcher..You cant have your catcher hitting 200 and striking out 1/2 the time.
    First base…Duda a backup at best
    A corner outfielder with power. Leave Lagares in center the rest of the year and see what happens. Drew would have solidified the middle infield while hitting for a decent avg, 10 million year. That is what SS’s go for these days with those.
    Wilpon is a cheap bastard who now is gun shy after the Bay fiasco.
    A better question is..What type of hitting team do you want when you play 81 games at Citi field ?

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