New York Mets: Why Signing Chris Young Is a Great Move for the Team

Nick Carlo@@carlo2612Analyst IIJanuary 18, 2011

SAN DIEGO - MAY 01:  Starting pitcher Chris Young #32 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Washington Nationals on May 1, 2007 at Petco Park in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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The Mets have just recently agreed to a deal with pitcher Chris Young, and it is pending a physical. If Young passes his physical, then he will officially be a New York Met.

It is said that Young's contract has a base salary worth $1 million, but it can reach up to $2.5 million if he reaches his incentives.

This is a great contract for the Mets because Young has a huge amount of upside, and if he doesn't pan out for the Mets, then it won't put a dent in the team's checkbook.

Over the past couple of years, it has become a trend for the Mets to sign low-risk, high-reward pitchers. Most of them haven't exactly worked out for the Mets, but one that stands out is R.A. Dickey.

Dickey wasn't expected to do much last year, but he made his way onto the major league club and easily became one of the team's MVPs in 2010.

Chris Young has had success in the past—he made the All-Star team in 2007—but his career took a turn for the worse in 2008. The 2008 season began a streak of many injury problems for Young.

Young hasn't started more than 20 games in a season since his All-Star year in 2007. Although Young has recently had many injury problems, he has still performed well when he is healthy.

Young started four games last season in which he went 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA. That is a very small number of games to make an assumption from, but that does show us that he still has the potential to be great.

Young's key will be his health this season. The Mets will work with him for the remainder of the offseason on his health. Come spring training, it should be interesting to see Young pitch and try to stay healthy.

This signing has the potential to be a great one. This could very well be the highlight of the Mets' offseason. Young has the potential to get back to his All-Star ways, and if he stays healthy, I see no reason why he won't.