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No, not that Chris Young! This is not the same 6'10" pitcher the Mets had in 2011 and 2012. This is the former Diamondbacks and A's outfielder who was a one-time All-Star in 2010.
In November, Young and the Mets agreed to a one-year deal worth $7.25 million. It may sound like a lot for a player who hit .200 last season and has averaged 148 strikeouts per season. However, Marlon Byrd, the Mets' starting right fielder for most of last season, was able to revive his career as a Met. The Mets could be looking to do the same with Young next season.
The big question though is how much of a significant role Young will have with the Mets next season. He has been a center fielder for the vast majority of his career, but due to the defensive presence of Juan Lagares, Young may be finding time in left field or right field next season. Young could either be a candidate to play every day, or he might be a platoon outfielder, alongside a left-handed hitting outfielder such as Matt den Dekker.
Ideally, a projected outfield of Eric Young Jr., Lagares, den Dekker and Young would not be a big upgrade for the Mets altogether, so hopefully, they will be able to make at least one significant signing or trade. After that, there should still be some sort of role for Young to be in.
What is particularly surprising about the Young signing is that Young is not a high-average hitter and strikes out a lot, which has been a similar trend to the Mets' offense in recent years. The Mets hitters in 2013 were tied with the Braves in having the most strikeouts, which is not good at all.
The only American League teams with more strikeouts were the Astros and Twins. It would make more sense to bring in a hitter that gets on base more and does not strike out much, but maybe Young isn't here to be the significant outfield upgrade the Mets were really hoping to make.
All in all, signing Young to a one-year, $7.25 million contract may not have been Sandy Alderson's wisest decision, but if Young is able to bounce back and hit like he did in 2010 with the Diamondbacks (27 home runs, 91 RBI), the Mets could get a lot out of him, which will probably still be more than any other current Mets outfielder.