Chris Young Nears Decision; Mets, Nats “In Play”

Free agent starter Chris Young could be close to choosing a new team, reports ESPN's Buster Olney (Twitter link).  Olney cites the Mets, who have been connected to Young all winter, and also mentions that the Nationals "may be in play" for the right-hander. 

When last we heard of Young, the word was that he was willing to accept a contract worth less than $2MM due to concerns about his health.  The Mets denied they had made an offer worth more than $1MM to Young, but still reported favored Young over other free agent options as Jeff Francis

Washington is a new suitor for Young, but like the Mets, the Nats can also offer Young a chance to pitch in a pitcher-friendly ballpark and a shot at rebuilding his value for a long-term offer next winter.  The Nationals were known to be looking for pitching this winter, but haven't done much in that department other than signing Chien-Ming Wang and Chad Gaudin.


62 Responses to Chris Young Nears Decision; Mets, Nats “In Play” Leave a Reply

  1. METfan201 4 years ago

    My god NO. dont let the Nats damage us anymorr lol

  2. METfan201 4 years ago

    I want francis anyways! Haha

  3. nats are a joke. opening day starter is livan

  4. YaGottaBelieve11 4 years ago

    Someone tell the nats to go away and stop messing things up

  5. metsfan08 4 years ago

    pelfrey
    niese
    dickey
    young
    capuano

    could be enough to stay competitive if the offense performs to its potential.

    • slider32 4 years ago

      Seems like the Mets management is doing a good job shaping this team up with very little capital to work with. It’s going to be up to the veterans, Wright, Beltran, Reyes, and Bay to play up to their abilities for a change to keep the team competitive.

      • metsfan08 4 years ago

        agree!

      • I agree. I love Alderson approach. He’s not throwing gas on teh fire, will ride out 11′ and is clearing out $$$ on his big league roster, not to mention rebuilding the minors

  6. jeffmaz 4 years ago

    CY always seems to find a new way to get injured.
    I wish him well – wherever he ends up

    • AirmanSD 4 years ago

      I still waiting for the words has decided to return to San Diego to show up. Just cause that seems like something that would happen. I wouldn’t mind it if it was a minor league deal thou.

      • jeffmaz 4 years ago

        for 1 – 3 mil, it would have happened already
        I think Jed has had enough and the Pads have 7 starters vying for 5 slots

        • AirmanSD 4 years ago

          You can never have too much depth. Like I said minor league deal. Its also something that I doubt will actually happen, but its been that kind of offseason thus far.

          • jeffmaz 4 years ago

            Agreed.
            He looked great in his couple of return starts last fall. If Jed really wanted him, CY would be a Padre already.

        • Still love to see CY back in a Padres uni. Moseley does not have a realistic shot at being a starter on the Padres squad. LeBlanc or Luebke is the number 5. No one beyond that. So unless there is an injury in camp, just 6 vying for 5 slots in rotation.

          • jeffmaz 4 years ago

            I would like to see him back, but at that cheap a price – something must be wrong that nobody wants to sign him.

    • I like CY but he’s always hurt

  7. slider32 4 years ago

    Without Santana you can’t expect the Mets to stay with the Phillies!

  8. stickyone 4 years ago

    no one is really saying that, on paper, the mets have the top rotation in the league.

    But, the mets do have what is a potentially one of the better offenses.

    so if the Mets are going to compete for the WC (if you want to anoint the phils division champs already) they will probably have to be carried by the offense. The rotation will have to be serviceable/functional/adequate (pick your word) and keep the team in most games. Maybe they have to win 5-4 instead of 5-1, but you don’t get extra points in BB for scoring differential!

    even in 2006, they weren’t winning due to the rotation. And 2007 and 2008 they were in it to the last day of the season, and even were at or near the top in the league in runs scored.

    no teams in the NL are without flaws. Health and guys having big years is going to be required from any of them to make the playoffs.

  9. Marky Mark 4 years ago

    I hope everyone dismisses the mets.. I’d rather have it that way, because i feel beltran and reyes in walk years are really going to surprise people with the numbers they put up, they’re battling for millions of dollars.. takahashi was a competitve pitcher in citi, that should tell you something

    • Agreed. But realistically our SP is a mess. I doubt Young can give us more than 15 starts. Hope he does but doubt it.

      Bottom line : Johan is killing us. I fear Tommy John surgery is inevitable with him

  10. nymets4581 4 years ago

    PLEASE be the mets….

  11. coolstorybro222 4 years ago

    I actually want it to be the mets so NL east can kill their asses with the offense.

  12. coolstorybro222 4 years ago

    I actually want it to be the mets so NL east can kill their asses with the offense.

  13. MetsEventually 4 years ago

    In play? That usually isn’t a good thing for the favorite team. A healthy Capuano and possibly Young now would be pretty decent for this year.

  14. MetsEventually 4 years ago

    In play? That usually isn’t a good thing for the favorite team. A healthy Capuano and possibly Young now would be pretty decent for this year.

  15. MetsDieHard4Life 4 years ago

    Cmon Young, you know you wanna pitch in NY..and when you do, can you frieken surprise us please? Thank u

  16. I am not surprised that the Nats are in on this. They have tried to spend their money, but few are taking it. They actually have a lower payroll than last year going in. Don’t be surprised if Young goes to Washington, because there is no reason to believe that the Mets will be better than the Nationals this year.

    +1/2St.

    • You and Mitch Williams on MLB like the Nats this year, that’s about it. Strasberg injury crushes them. Plus they don’t have Capps anymore either

      • WolandJR 4 years ago

        I think @kevin’s comment is less about the improved state of the Nats and more about how many question marks the Mets have. That team is full of overpaid losers that even when healthy don’t know how to win when it counts. The Nats have a ton of question marks as well, but at this point I think that the upside of both teams is about on par (e.g. ~75 wins).

      • WolandJR 4 years ago

        I think @kevin’s comment is less about the improved state of the Nats and more about how many question marks the Mets have. That team is full of overpaid losers that even when healthy don’t know how to win when it counts. The Nats have a ton of question marks as well, but at this point I think that the upside of both teams is about on par (e.g. ~75 wins).

    • You and Mitch Williams on MLB like the Nats this year, that’s about it. Strasberg injury crushes them. Plus they don’t have Capps anymore either

  17. Johan is killing us. I feel Tommy John surgery is inevitable. 3 years left at over 20 mill a pop is a major downer. Thank god we gave up nothing for him.

    • WolandJR 4 years ago

      The Mets gave up highly touted trade chips which in the end turned out to be nothing. But back then, they could have easily turned them into somebody like Cliff Lee. Hindsight is 20-20, but you are forgetting the important concept of opportunity cost.

    • WolandJR 4 years ago

      The Mets gave up highly touted trade chips which in the end turned out to be nothing. But back then, they could have easily turned them into somebody like Cliff Lee. Hindsight is 20-20, but you are forgetting the important concept of opportunity cost.

    • how many times do you have to say it?

    • how many times do you have to say it?

  18. JRMarvel 4 years ago

    Is it October yet?
    Nah, I’m still asleep.
    Okay, since I’m dreaming, I’ll take a competitive year, and then a turnover in the next offseason. Then, unlike our president, it will be the new GM who takes responsibility.

  19. I’m chalking 2011 up as a “transition year”, but that doesn’t mean I’ll completely count my team out before they step foot onto the field. Anything can happen.

  20. metsfan08 4 years ago

    why not? it wasnt the pitching last year, it was the offense who let us down.

  21. Ahem… Remember how last year’s offseason the questionmarks were our rotation? and our offense was terrible???? well how come that turned out to be the exact opposite. despite having mediocre pitching we were somewhere in the top in shut outs… Just saying as long as Citi Field is so huge we don’t quite need good pitching…

  22. Javens 4 years ago

    Yeah I agree. Why not? Pelf was as good as anybody in the first half of the season last year. If he can be just a shadow of that for an entire season, he’s a bona fide ace. Niese and Dickey put up very solid middle of the rotation numbers last year and Young and Capuano both have great upside. Plus Santana coming back half way through (fingers crossed). Yeah, there are a lot of variables but, as metsfan08 said, the Mets offense, when healthy, can slug with anyone in the league. It’s not realistic to think that the Mets will beat out the Phillies in the East, but to be playing meaningful games in September is not beyond the realm of possibility.

  23. metsfan08 4 years ago

    of course we need santana to go anywhere, I meant to say we could stay in it until he returns.

  24. stickyone 4 years ago

    I get your concern on Capuano and Young, but what exactly does Dickey have to bounce back from? His 2.86 era?

  25. Johan is killing Mets

  26. Johan is killing Mets

  27. metsfan08 4 years ago

    mediocre pitching? we were 7th in the NL with a team ERA of 3.70

  28. mikefichera 4 years ago

    Sounds really familiar. Omar is that you?

  29. 7th of 16 means pretty dang close to middle of the road, mediocre, average.

  30. Johan is killing us

  31. Johan is killing us

  32. vorpalraster 4 years ago

    If there has been a pitcher on a New York baseball team more afraid of success than Pelfrey, please name him. Pavano, IMO, is a very close second.

  33. metsfan08 4 years ago

    my bad, the Mets were 7th in all of baseball which is pretty darn good. just behind the Phillies 3.67 ERA and better than the Yankees and Red Sox.

  34. Javens 4 years ago

    There is no doubt that Pelf has psychological issues when on the mound, but the guy has only seen 3 full seasons has a starter. I don’t see any resemblance between Pavano, who made 26 starts for the Yanks in 3 years during which many believed him to be faking injuries, and a 27 year-old Pelfrey.

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