Where on the diamond Young pursues those goals is what remains to be seen. Though Young said he prefers playing center field and feels most comfortable there, Alderson made no promises regarding Young's defensive position. Instead, the GM classified it as an open competition, saying the best defender will win the job so long as he meets the club's minimum offensive requirements.
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The whole process, however, points to a larger problem. Alderson has to promise open competitions and David Wright has to make multiple recruiting calls just to land Chris Young. Not at a discount mind you, just paying a normal price for a fading player, and it seems we had to pull out some stops just to get him.
How hard/impossible will it be for a real free agent to be convinced that Queens is a suitable place to continue their career? Seems like it won't be easy.