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.


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62 Comments on "Chris Young Nears Decision; Mets, Nats “In Play”"


METfan201
4 years 7 months ago

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

METfan201
4 years 7 months ago

I want francis anyways! Haha

4 years 7 months ago

nats are a joke. opening day starter is livan

YaGottaBelieve11
4 years 7 months ago

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

metsfan08
4 years 7 months ago

pelfrey
niese
dickey
young
capuano

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

slider32
4 years 7 months 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 7 months ago

agree!

4 years 7 months ago

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

jeffmaz
4 years 7 months ago

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

AirmanSD
4 years 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 7 months ago

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

4 years 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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

4 years 7 months ago

I like CY but he’s always hurt

slider32
4 years 7 months ago

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

Diehard Philsphan
4 years 7 months ago

Phillies? Ur going there? They won’t even keep up with the marlins with the nats on their tale!

slider32
4 years 7 months ago

You might be right!

bobbybauer
4 years 7 months ago

Is it too early to crown your beloved Phillies as the most overrated team in baseball history?

4 years 7 months ago

tail

4 years 7 months ago

tail

metsfan08
4 years 7 months ago

the mets will be playing for the wildcard if everything goes right. no one is catching the phillies, we all know that!

4 years 7 months ago

Love Johan but he’s killing us

4 years 7 months ago

Love Johan but he’s killing us

stickyone
4 years 7 months 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.

Marky Mark
4 years 7 months 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

4 years 7 months ago

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

nymets4581
4 years 7 months ago

PLEASE be the mets….

coolstorybro222
4 years 7 months ago

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

coolstorybro222
4 years 7 months ago

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

MetsEventually
4 years 7 months 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.

MetsEventually
4 years 7 months 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.

MetsDieHard4Life
4 years 7 months ago

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

4 years 7 months ago

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.

4 years 7 months ago

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 7 months 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 7 months 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).

4 years 7 months ago

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

4 years 7 months ago

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 7 months 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 7 months 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.

4 years 7 months ago

how many times do you have to say it?

4 years 7 months ago

how many times do you have to say it?

JRMarvel
4 years 7 months 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.

4 years 7 months ago

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.

4 years 7 months ago

exactly how i’m gonna look at it

metsfan08
4 years 7 months ago

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

4 years 7 months ago

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…

Javens
4 years 7 months 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.

metsfan08
4 years 7 months ago

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

stickyone
4 years 7 months ago

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

4 years 7 months ago

Johan is killing Mets

4 years 7 months ago

Johan is killing Mets

metsfan08
4 years 7 months ago

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

mikefichera
4 years 7 months ago

Sounds really familiar. Omar is that you?

4 years 7 months ago

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

4 years 7 months ago

Johan is killing us

4 years 7 months ago

Johan is killing us

vorpalraster
4 years 7 months 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.

metsfan08
4 years 7 months 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.

Javens
4 years 7 months 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.