Mets Sign Chris Young To One-Year Deal For $7.25 Million Guaranteed

An article by posted on November 22, 2013

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Update – Buster Olney of ESPN is reporting that the one year deal is worth a whopping $7.25 million dollars…

Wow, here’s your opening day left fielder…

Original Post

Outfielder Chris Young has agreed to a one-year deal with the Mets pending a physical, according to multiple reports. Jon Heyman first reported the news.

The Mets plan to use Young in a corner-outfield position, according to Heyman.

Juan Lagares “will remain the starter” in center, according to him

Ken Rosenthal reports that a rival executive involved in Chris Young talks believes deal with Mets will be for about $6 million with incentives.

Wow, this is your starting, everyday corner outfielder!!!

Young, 30, is coming off two straight disappointing seasons…

He batted just .200/.280/.379 with 12 homers and 10 steals in 2013 with the A’s who declined his option last week.

Young has batted .235 with a .315 on-base percentage and .746 on-base plus slugging percentage during an eight-year career with Arizona and Oakland.

Four Year (2010-2013) Decline Of Chris Young…

  • OBP:  .341  .331  .311  .280 
  • OPS:  .793  .751  .745  .659
  • SLG:  .452  .434  .420  .379
  • AVG:  .257  .236  .231  .228
  • UZR:  4.0   15.9  10.0   0.2
  • WAR:  4.1   4.5   2.5    0.5

Players don’t improve at age 30, they are already in their decline. Young in particular has seen his offense, defense and speed steadily fall off a cliff.

Young’s strikeout rate is over 25 percent and MLBTR writes that his 17.5 percent infield flyball rate was the ninth highest in baseball among players with 350 plate appearances.

That’s worse than Luis Castillo during his time with the Mets only Castillo never whiffed at such a high rate…

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