To say that Chris Young has been a disappointment with the New York Mets would be a colossal understatement. But the Mets must squeeze every remaining pulp of production he has out of him.
Young signed a one-year, $7.25 million deal with the Mets last offseason and has not had one good month. He hit .205 in April and .198 in May. Last month, he slogged through two four-game hitless stretches and one period of five games without a hit. Young is in the midst of an uninspiring June.
As a .233 career hitter, the low batting average should not come as a surprise to anyone. The former All-Star is posting a .195/.279/.308 slash line with just four home runs and 16 runs batted in on the year. Young is on par to match his 2013 seasonal output with the Oakland Athletics, when he hit .200 with 12 home runs and 40 RBI—or perhaps he will finish even worse.
According to Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson’s expectations for Young were low to begin with; Alderson thought he would provide power to the lineup and hit around .240.
Instead, Young gets bombarded with boos at home. On June 14, he struck out four times against the San Diego Padres and the crowd did not hold back its disapproval, as their disdain for him was stronger than their enthusiasm for David Wright.
A strong first-half performance could have made him trade bait, but now he is dead weight. Nevertheless, here are a few ways that Young can revive his career and actually help the Mets somehow in 2014.