Chris Young agrees to mets deal pending physical. OF has some pop, good defenderIts not the type of acquisition that will put many minds to rest, but the Mets have made their first move of the winter, signing 30 year old outfielder Chris Young. The deal is for one year, pending physical. Financial terms of the deal have not been released.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 22, 2013
Young spent 2013 with the Oakland A's, where he made $8.5 million. Young appeared in just 107 games during which he posted a .200 BA with 12 home runs and 40 RBIs. Young has had a trip to the disabled list in each of the past two seasons, losing 18 days to a strained left quad in 2013 and 20 days in 2012 to a shoulder injury. Young could be the first part of platoon package, as his career numbers are much better again left handed pitching (.262 vs .225).
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports promptly reported following this signing that the Mets remain interested in power hitting outfielder, Nelson Cruz, despite this signing. So we'll have to wait and see where we go from here.
I am slightly disappointed that Chris Young (the pitcher) is no longer with the organization. That whole Bobby Jones vs. Bobby Jones era was kinda fun. With that said, I hope the acquisition of Young isn't the only deal made for the 2014 outfield. Young is not an everyday player and with the one year deal would only be another stopgap. We'll have to see what else gets accomplished this winter before we can accurately assess this one.