Could it really be this easy? Could cutting Chris Young be the answer to all of the Mets problems this year? Of course not. As Mike Vaccaro wrote today in the New York Post, cutting Young would be a scapegoat of sorts, but simply his presence on the team contradicts the entire edict of this team.
Sandy Alderson is a man of accountability and Young has been a drain on an otherwise fun team to watch. We all see it as fans. On days that CY is in the lineup instead of Eric Young Jr. or Kirk Nieuwenhuis, it makes you feel worse about the 2014 season. At this point in the season Vaccaro is 100% right. The experiment has failed and Young’s five year decline is more evidence than a reversible trend.
“We have to win games,” Terry Collins said Monday and that means playing the best players, not the highest paid players.What makes the Young situation worse is that guys like Nieuwenhuis, Matt den Dekker and Andrew Brown continue to play well for the Las Vegas 51’s. With so many better and younger options there is no room for Young on the 2014 Mets. Are any of those players viable longterm answers? Who knows, but lets learn as much as we can about them before the offseason arrives.