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New York Mets: Will Chris Young Return to the New York Mets This Offseason?

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10:  Chris Young #55 of the New York Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals during their game on April 10, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Nick CarloAnalyst IIJanuary 24, 2012

The New York Mets roster is basically set for the 2012 season. However, Sandy Alderson and Co. are still looking to sign another player or two. As recently as Monday it looked as if the Mets were on the verge of signing outfielder, Cody Ross. Ross eventually signed with the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

It now seems as if the Mets have shifted their focus to reeling in a free agent starting pitcher. Players such as Jeff Francis, Jon Garland, Rich Harden and many other remaining free agent starting pitchers have been recently linked to the Mets.

One player that might stand out for Mets fans is Chris Young. Young signed with the Mets last offseason for very cheap, as he was coming off surgery. He had a great Spring Training campaign, and an even better first month of the season.

Reality caught up with Young soon enough, as he was sidelined for the remainder of the season when he re-tore his anterior capsule in his right shoulder. This injury occurred in early May, right after Young's fourth start of the season.

Young was very impressive in his four starts for the Mets, though. He managed to compile an ERA of 1.88 in 24.0 innings pitched. Young also had a solid SO/BB ratio of 2.00. Given that it is an extremely small sample size, you can't put too much into those stats, but they are indeed impressive.

It is clear that the Mets are looking into bringing back Young. As Jerry Crasnick of ESPN stated, the Mets would most likely offer Young a minor league deal. If Young accepts the deal, then he will have a very good chance at breaking Spring Training with the major league team.

The Mets' starting pitching is thin this season, and the addition of a healthy Young would be a great help to the team. Young has said that his shoulder feels the greatest it has in a long time. He's had two full years of rehab, and there is every reason to believe that he might actually be able to put together a healthy season in 2012.

Young is a very smart option for the Mets. He would come for cheap, and he knows how the team is run, as he was with the Mets last season. Young has also known Mets general manager Sandy Alderson since their days in San Diego.

The Mets will keep their eye on you, and continue talking to him. Young might eventually be packing his bags to go to Port St. Lucie for Spring Training. Just like last season, signing Young would be a great low-risk, high-reward signing. The only difference for his second go around is that his risk seems like it might be a bit lower, and the reward a bit higher.

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