In their first move of the 2013 offseason, the New York Mets have signed Chris Young. His contract is for 1 year, worth $7.25 million as Jon Heyman reports:
Chris Young gets $7.25M on 1-year mets deal.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 22, 2013
A lot of Mets fans are probably alarmed at this contract but I think it could be a good deal, similar to that of Marlon Byrd last season. I’ll admit that 7.25 million may be a bit more than I’d like to spend on him but a trend of this offseason seems to be teams spending more than they should in one place.
We’re getting Chris Young for his age 30 season, a fact that should only worry those who can’t see this deal for what it really is. The Mets are going to hope for a surprising season from Young, in hopes that he can either be used as trade bait later in the season or proves himself to be a solid 4th outfielder.
Young is a good defensive outfielder (better than Duda and EY Jr.) which will give us a defensive upgrade in the corners but the reason I like him is for his power. In addition to being able to swipe a few bases (10-for-13 last season), he provides plus power that the outfield didn’t have last season, with the exception of Duda.
One of his biggest downsides is how often he strikes out, 148 K’s is his 162 game average. That is unbelievably high but don’t forget, Marlon Byrd struck out 144 times last season and Young should get significantly less playing time. His average and OBP have also dropped over the last few seasons but the Mets biggest weakness has been power. I could see him playing a position similar to Scott Hairston a few years ago, where he would just come off the bench and hit home runs, only better defensively.
MetsMerized has the other side of the argument.