Mets Sign Chris Young

The Mets completed their one-year deal with Chris Young, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork, who first reported the deal (Twitter links). The agreement guarantees the right-hander $1.1MM, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com (on Twitter). Agent Lon Babby represents Young, who can earn up to $4.5MM if he reaches all the deal's incentives.

Injuries have limited Young to just 36 starts in the past three seasons, but he was durable and effective from 2005-07, when he started 30 or more games per season. He has always been hard to hit (7.4 H/9), but vulnerable to walks (3.5 BB/9). In 135 career starts (751 2/3 innings), the 6'10'' right-hander has a 3.80 ERA. He missed most of last season with a shoulder strain before pitching for the Padres in September.

Young will join Mike PelfreyJon NieseR.A. Dickey and Chris Capuano in the team's rotation if the pitchers remain healthy this spring. Johan Santana should join the group midway through the season.

The deal reunites Young with two of his former Padres bosses, current Mets execs Sandy Alderson and Paul DePodesta.


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147 Comments on "Mets Sign Chris Young"


MetsEventually
4 years 7 months ago

That only took two months…

4 years 7 months ago

Better late than Never. Never late is better

dc21892
4 years 7 months ago

Ah, the almighty words of Drake.

dc21892
4 years 7 months ago

Ah, the almighty words of Drake.

kingmanfan
4 years 7 months ago

I like the direction they are going in, not over paying and getting some great potential pitchers even tankersly

YaGottaBelieve11
4 years 7 months ago

Here’s to a healthy season for Young, Capuano, and the rest of the Mets. Let them help themselves get back on track as well as this organization.

LETS GO METS!!!

4 years 7 months ago

Some things will go wrong, they always do. If we hit at least 1 good starter that would be awesome

Javens
4 years 7 months ago

The Mets definitely have the best rotation in baseball right now…if we were playing basketball.
PG- Dickey 6’2” (Santana 6’0” when he’s healthy)
SG- Capuano 6’2”
SF- Niese 6’4”
PF- Pelfrey 6’7”
C- Young 6’10”

coolstorybro222
4 years 7 months ago

all you need is Lebron James.

dc21892
4 years 7 months ago

Overkill?

juice587
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t know what NY team was more devastated by the Cliff Lee signing, the Mess or Yankees. Say hello to last place for the next five years.

Go Phillies!

4 years 7 months ago

Last place? That’s a joke, right?

Jason Klinger
4 years 7 months ago

How is it a joke? The Mets clearly trail Philadelphia and Atlanta and probably Florida, too. The Nationals and Mets may indeed be fighting to stay out of last.

guydavis
4 years 7 months ago

How are they trailing Philadelphia and Atlanta, we haven’t even played a spring training game yet. Do the Phillies have an automatic 10 win head start?

Redsox1324
4 years 7 months ago

I’d like this sign if I were a Mets fan. It has potential to work out if Young stays healthy, which could be difficult considering the fact he’s on the mets.

YaGottaBelieve11
4 years 7 months ago

Send your negative vibes back to last decade.

coolstorybro222
4 years 7 months ago

oh where they WON the world series?

Jimmy Hoffman
4 years 7 months ago

In New York, all the negative vibes I hear about the Mets are from their fans. They typically talk about other teams and make fun of the Yankees, and if I mention anything they did favorably they usually groan.

YaGottaBelieve11
4 years 7 months ago

You must be talking about the “Mets fans” who were expecting us to sign Lee and Crawford, while trading Beltran for 4 blue chip prospects. I, my friend, am a realist and you don’t read much on these boards from people who fall in my demographic.

Jimmy Hoffman
4 years 6 months ago

I think you have to be a masochist to be a Met fan.

Threat_Level_RedSox
4 years 7 months ago

I thought they would go after John Garland, but this is a pretty good either way.

Most people seem to over look the potential advantage citi field gives to the mets now, It is basically the big market Petco. I imagine alot of rehab and flyball pitchers would love to re-establish value by pitching there given the pitcher friendly confines and the added attention that comes with playeing in new york.

4 years 7 months ago

Garland loves West Coast – let it go

4 years 7 months ago

If Young gives us 15 starts that would be really good – bye time till Santana basically

Infield Fly
4 years 7 months ago

I can’t wait to see what the man can do! On the other hand I really gotta see whether the guy will actually last a season for a change…

Either way, for the first time this offseason I am actually excited about a player the Amazins signed!!

Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

“A Player”

Pardon me, but I’m excited about all of the players the Mets signed! Capuano, Bucholz, Young, Harris, Carrasco, and Paulino…These players all have a chance to have productive seasons. Even Harris off the bench might work…Also, they are looking at a couple of other guys as well…Possibly Tim Byrdak?

Infield Fly
4 years 7 months ago

“Pardon me, but I’m excited about all of the players the Mets signed!”

No problem, Spanny. Even without those signings I’ve learned to expect you to be excited pretty much ALL the time!

Dave_Gershman
4 years 7 months ago

Haha! Put it this way,

Hey listen, I’m just a happy fellow. But I will say this, last season at Citi Field was AMAZING, but I anticipate the sun to be even brighter and the grass to be even greener this season…Thus the Mets are finally on the right track…Finally the 7 train will be less scary going through the tunnel as well. Go Mets!

slider32
4 years 7 months ago

The Mets can’t do any worse than the last few years, they have been a train wreck! There are many teams that don’t have their offensive talent and do much better. They could finish last this year with the improvement of the Nats, and Marlins. The Mets pitching won’t be close to being good enough.

4 years 7 months ago

You might be right, but how have the Nats improved their pitching outside of Gorzy today?

4 years 7 months ago

The nats and the marlins have improved? Care to elaborate?

4 years 7 months ago

The Nats, no.

The Marlins, overall, yes. MUCH improved pen. Added Vazquez to replace Robertson,plus the fact alone that in the last month of the season, Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Hanley, Chris Coughlan, 3 starting catchers, and the top 3 bats off the bench were all either injured, or playing inured, and 7 of their 9 starting positions were all played by guys who started the season in AAA. I’d say opening day 2011 is a imrovement yes.

East Coast Bias
4 years 7 months ago

I think you’re a year too early… but love the optimism!

4 years 7 months ago

Alderson is trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents in 2011. Wish our bench was a tad stronger

4 years 7 months ago

Me too but hope we can take it slow with him. I’m hoping for 20 starts

rwdavis22461
4 years 7 months ago

If both or one is healthy that is a good thing. Don’t expect much but if they do even better.

Henry Sanchez
4 years 7 months ago

when Johan comes back healthy, Mets will have better rotation than yanks right now.

Johan
Pelf
Dickey
Niese
Young

coolstorybro222
4 years 7 months ago

Seriously?

Pelfrey’s garbage, Niese is garbage.

Infield Fly
4 years 7 months ago

Not compared to some guy called Oliver Pérez they’re not!!!

Joshua Ryan
4 years 7 months ago

Coolstorybro222, meet Fangraphs. Fangraphs, meet coolstorybro222.

Seriously though, check up on your facts before spouting, well for lack of a better word, garbage.

tympanogram
4 years 7 months ago

You have no idea what you’re talking about, @coolstorybro.

coolstorybro222
4 years 7 months ago

a 4.12 era last year with a WAR of a whopping 1.9? LOL.

no wonder the mets are the butthole of the NL east.

Michael Duffy
4 years 7 months ago

Puts him ahead of Jair Jurrjens. And Pelfrey’s 2.9 puts him higher than Tim Hudson. I guess those guys suck, too.

coolstorybro222
4 years 7 months ago

Oh wow. So you compare pelfrey and niese to two pitchers that have had down years? Ok. next?

4 years 7 months ago

It’s convenient for you to ignore that he was also comparing a #2 and #4 to the two best pitchers on the Braves, down years or not.

gursk1989
4 years 7 months ago

you are making it very evident that you have no idea what you’re talking about. How did Hudson have a ‘down year?’ Why don’t you just leave before you continue to make a bigger fool of yourself.

4 years 7 months ago

I don’t really agree with with what the guy said, but I don’t know where you’re getting the notion that Pelfrey and Niese are garbage. Especially Niese, he has a lot of potential. But just so we can be clear on the argument, who exactly is going to fill out the bottom two spots in the yankees’ rotation?

4 years 7 months ago

Wow. Is your name Dennis Ribant?

4 years 7 months ago

Garbage? Man that’s ignorant

MetsDieHard4Life
4 years 7 months ago

yo seriously you’re not a met fan so stop commenting on mets transactions dude. go somewhere else

MetsEventually
4 years 7 months ago

Ignorant. Niese pitched wonderfully in his first full season. Pelfrey had a great first half. Cool story, bro.

MetsEventually
4 years 7 months ago

Ignorant. Niese pitched wonderfully in his first full season. Pelfrey had a great first half. Cool story, bro.

slider32
4 years 7 months ago

Be serious, the Mets staff is not good. Johan has been on the decline the last few years, Pelfrey has had one good season, Dickey, Neise, and Young are big ? Your drinking the Alderson kool- aid.

4 years 7 months ago

Johan was our anchor. You are right. We have no pitching

MetsEventually
4 years 7 months ago

Mets didn’t win when Johan pitched, even if he was great.

coolstorybro222
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah your offense IS REALLY OUTSTANDING I MEAN REALLY.

4 years 7 months ago

THE SIMPSONS SUCKS

4 years 7 months ago

HEY!!

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

if only you could get banned for being annoying

MetsEventually
4 years 7 months ago

Mets didn’t win when Johan pitched, even if he was great.

4 years 7 months ago

How is that not good? Pelfrey and Dickey each had solid seasons last year, even with Pelfrey’s terrible month in the summer. Niese showed he can handle big league hitting, and Young was very good in his short sample after returning. Not to mention Johan pitched to an ERA < 3.00.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 7 months ago

haha keep dreaming

slider32
4 years 7 months ago

Pelfrey 4.33 ERA in weak NL, Santana good, but not as good as CC the last few years, Dickey 4.70 ERA in 7 years, AJ much better stuff 3.99 in 11 years, Neise and Hughes not contest. Nova looks to be a better pitcher than Young coming off and injury. He is from Princeton I will say he is smarter than the Yankees staff.

Javens
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t think comparing pitchers through their career numbers really tells the whole story. R.A. Dickey had a 2.84 ERA last year, his only full season in the bigs. Burnett’s ERA on the other hand, has been rising steadily for the past 7 years and was 5.26 last year. Last time I checked 2.84 is much better than 5.26.

I’m not saying that one pitching staff is better than the other…but your argument goes down the drain when you start judging some pitchers by their career numbers and others by the last few years.

4 years 7 months ago

Yanks need rebound from AJ or they are in big trouble dude.

TheMagicIsBack
4 years 7 months ago

CC plus Hughes and pray for rain.

And hope that Nutrisystem caters the post game spread so CC doesn’t surpass 350 pounds and break down…

stickyone
4 years 7 months ago

oh come on, landing 300 pounds on a knee coming off surgery can’t possibly be a bad thing, can it?

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

I hate to make light of anyone’s injury BUT CC has lost about 20 lbs this off season and has never missed any time while on that “300 lb” frame. Now compare him to the svelte Johan Santana who has finished the last two years on the DL. Just saying. I hope they both stay healthy but you can’t just assume things.

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 7 months ago

His 6’7 frame makes it a little easier to carry that weight around anyway

TheMagicIsBack
4 years 7 months ago

CC plus Hughes and pray for rain.

And hope that Nutrisystem caters the post game spread so CC doesn’t surpass 350 pounds and break down…

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

So you’re saying that when Johan comes back from his SHOULDER SURGERY, which they say will be mid-season, and IF he’s anywhere near the ace he was THEN the Mets are better than the Yanks?

And IF R.A Dickey doesn’t remember that he’s RA Dickey, the 36 yr old w/the career 4.75 FIP who throws his knuckle ball 85% of the time and backs it up with the nifty 83 mph FB.

A lot of ifs to proclaim they’re hands down better.

nats2012
4 years 7 months ago

That looks like a menu to NL hitters more than a rotation. Hitters are licking their chops.

FreeBald
4 years 7 months ago

Biggest off season acquisition by the Mets in every way.

Guest
4 years 7 months ago

like your avatar.

4 years 7 months ago

Conan O’Brien?

(I know it’s Benton Quest)

FreeBald
4 years 7 months ago

Have there been any reports/rumors as to who will be waived from the now-full 40 man roster to make room for Young, or is this a minor league deal?

Infield Fly
4 years 7 months ago

Oliver Pérez!!

Oops! Sorry guy. For a moment there I was completely overcome by wishful thinking!

FreeBald
4 years 7 months ago

I wish and I’d even take Luis Castillo instead. My wild guess is Mike Nickeas since Dusty Ryan and Raul Chavez are both in the fold on minor league deals at C.

4 years 7 months ago

Yeah haha, they are going to bring both Perez and Castillo to spring training and see how they do, just for the hell of it.

Canoli220
4 years 7 months ago

Yea, some team might be desperate enough to trade for them if the Mets pick up the majority of the contract.

Canoli220
4 years 7 months ago

Yea, some team might be desperate enough to trade for them if the Mets pick up the majority of the contract.

budman3
4 years 7 months ago

Mets still can move Santana to the 60 day DL, opening a slot.

YaGottaBelieve11
4 years 7 months ago

I’m not sure how the 60 day DL works.. Is it 60 days from the day he is put on or 60 days from the start of the season? Spring training? Because the Mets just cleared him for a program to begin throwing by the start of ST so you gotta make sure he will be eligible to come off when he needs to.

4 years 7 months ago

smart

4 years 7 months ago

interesting – don’t worry that slime ball Rubin will let us know

vonhayesdays
4 years 7 months ago

Chris Young is good and i wish him a healthy season but, everybody in the nl east just got an extra stolen base.

4 years 7 months ago

tough to hold guys on when your 6’10

Glove Affair
4 years 7 months ago

In Young’s case it’s also tough to hold on to the ball before delivering a pitch, ha ha!
Ever notice?

yankeeaddiction
4 years 7 months ago

I am a Yankees fan with no love for the Mets but I will say Mets fans should keep their fingers crossed as they have the chance to be the surprise team of 2011. If Capuano and Young are fully recovered and pitch like they have in the past, Pelfrey builds upon and improves from 2010, Dickey has the same type of year he did in 2010 and Santana comes back healthy this team can have one of the top 5 staffs in the National League. If Beltran and Reyes are healthy with another solid year by Wright the Mets have a legitimate chance at the NL Wildcard. If the Phillies were not in their division they would have an even better chance at the playoffs. I am not predicting the Mets will make the playoffs but I am saying their fans have reason to look forward to 2011 which is more than they had the past few years. It is a very big IF but if all their players are healthy they can surprise in 2011.

mlbscout6
4 years 7 months ago

if the entire Pirates starting rotation pitches like Roy Halladay did in 2010, i’d say they have a good chance to make the playoffs too.

TheMagicIsBack
4 years 7 months ago

Sure if they had superstars like Reyes, Wright, Beltran and Bay plus rising solid players like Pagan and Davis in their lineup the P-rats could be a contender.

But they don’t and the Mets do, and the mets were in first place without Bay and Beltran just last year…

TheMagicIsBack
4 years 7 months ago

Sure if they had superstars like Reyes, Wright, Beltran and Bay plus rising solid players like Pagan and Davis in their lineup the P-rats could be a contender.

But they don’t and the Mets do, and the mets were in first place without Bay and Beltran just last year…

MetsEventually
4 years 7 months ago

Well, the Pirates have never shown signs of being good, while Mets starters have. Young + Capuano are former All-Stars, Pelfrey had a great first half and Niese had a good middle. Don’t forget about RA Dickey.

coolstorybro222
4 years 7 months ago

yet you haven’t made it to the playoffs in years?

Marky Mark
4 years 7 months ago

Do you enjoy trolling the mets with every post you make? do you really have no other life?

4 years 7 months ago

right, cause that’s essentially the comparison he was making…

4 years 7 months ago

Wow – your a true baseball fan

yankeeaddiction
4 years 7 months ago

There is talk of them trying Perez as a situational lefty- not the worst idea in the world. If he can be useful in this role and K-Rod is healthy and can keep out of trouble Mets fans can be optimistic. Look the last few years going into the year it was pretty clear the Mets were going no where. I will give Alderson credit because some minor moves give reason for optimism.

Even if everything does not go the Mets way fans can have some hope. A healthy Young or Capuano may bring a nice return at the deadline if they are out of it so Alderson is atleast making some moves which put the Mets back on a contending path.

vonhayesdays
4 years 7 months ago

Perez would make one hell of an expensive loogy , but agreed cant be anyworse than starting the guy and letting righties tee up on him

Glove Affair
4 years 7 months ago

Or he could just be hell as a LOOGY period.

4 years 7 months ago

Stay healthy Chris Young. This could really help the Mets.

FamiliaTerritory
4 years 7 months ago

Another solid move by Sandy Alderson. I’m looking forward to see what he can do this upcoming season. I’m hoping Young could make 20-25 starts at the most this season & at the same time be effective. I’m also hoping that this is not the last move the Mets make before Spring Training.

I’m looking at the FA list and while it seems that there’s little left pitching wise, after doing some homework on baseball-reference, I believe the Mets should pick up Tim Byrdak (like I’ve called for for months now), David Riske, Chris Ray (minor league deal), and Manny Delcarmen (minor league deal) just to be on the safe side. Duchscherer also wouldn’t be a bad option either. If I were the Mets, I’d be thinking that you cannot have enough pitching.

slider32
4 years 7 months ago

The Mets have the worst pitching in the NL East.

4 years 7 months ago

I’m a hardcore Met fan, and I almost agree – Nats are bad without Stras

slider32
4 years 7 months ago

OK, your right, the Nats and Mets staffs are poor!

4 years 7 months ago

That is definitely debatable – only time will tell. I’d still take the mets rotation over the nats, and the offenses aren’t even close

MetsDieHard4Life
4 years 7 months ago

and you have the worst comment on this site right now, aside from the knucklehead that said niese and pelfrey are garbage

4 years 7 months ago

So their rotation is worse than the Marlins? You must really like Volstad and Nolasco’s 5+ ERA. And the Nats rotation isn’t even worth mentioning.

4 years 7 months ago

i like this move
once johan gets back (which i think will be sooner than expected) their rotation would look like this

Santana
Pelfrey
Dickey
Young
Niese (who i think has great potential, based on the way he started last season)

this is not a bad pitching staff. Sure its not the phillies, but it has great depth. If our line up can produce the way it should, we have a chance for the wild card

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 7 months ago

All bias aside, the Mets have ZERO chance at the wildcard, Marlins and Braves all have better pitching to carry them into the playoffs and both have better offenses to boot.

4 years 7 months ago

Come on, the Marlins have a better offense than the Mets right now? They look to have a horrible rotation, bullpen, and bench, but their lineup definitely looks better than Florida’s…

4 years 7 months ago

Are you serious? Horrible rotation? Horrible bullpen? Better offense? Every Marlins pitcher trumps the equivalent position in rotation on the Mets…even with Santana in the mix. The 2011 Marlins will have a top 5 NL BP. Their offense is very young, and probably the largest dark horse in MLB this year…hope youre prepared to eat your own words.

Now if you want to compare jail time, the Mets definitely win there.

MetsDieHard4Life
4 years 7 months ago

Yo Alderson has made great moves with the limited resources he has to work with. Now imagine what he will do with MONEY AVAILABLE!! That’s what I’m talkin about, 2012 and beyond – smart, harvard law graduates with proven, winning experience at our FO. We have a great era ahead of us Met fans. And watch us contend this year, we will make it watchable and in the hunt all season

4 years 7 months ago

100% agreed I AM PUMPED FOR THIS SEASON…NO NEED FOR WILD CARD WHEN WE CAN MAKE DIVISION CHAMPIONS

I am liking Alderson’s approach to build this team up

even if we aren’t contending by the trade deadline, if these little additions work out, they could be great trade chips I AM PUMPED CAN’T WAIT FOR SPRING TRAINING

4 years 7 months ago

100% agreed I AM PUMPED FOR THIS SEASON…NO NEED FOR WILD CARD WHEN WE CAN MAKE DIVISION CHAMPIONS

I am liking Alderson’s approach to build this team up

even if we aren’t contending by the trade deadline, if these little additions work out, they could be great trade chips I AM PUMPED CAN’T WAIT FOR SPRING TRAINING

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

Mets moving to the NL Central or something?

Glove Affair
4 years 7 months ago

Nah. Probably just too much coffee while reading MLBTR.

4 years 7 months ago

nahh i just love the mets and am very optimistic on what could happen this coming season. i feel their top of their line up is under rated, after the last couple of seasons, being injured and all that. Now that they are all healthy i think they will surprise many people, along with their rotation.

Glove Affair
4 years 7 months ago

Not to bust your bubble but if the Mets lineup is underrated as you say then it also follows that they have been underperforming for years. Let’s not kid ourselves that was all because of injuries or that it can’t happen again. At least three of the more exciting names we picked up have pretty extensive injury histories. So maybe the possibilities are exciting but we got too many question marks to even think about declaring victory over a division rival with a stacked rotation – a month before spring training even starts. Stay positive but try to keep some perspective.

Jason Klinger
4 years 7 months ago

Aw, division champs. That’s cute.

dc21892
4 years 7 months ago

I like the deals Alderson has made. This isn’t a year the Mets can spend hundreds of millions so they’re taking a low risk high reward approach. Worst case is they get hurt. Best case is a strong first half and try to flip em.

stickyone
4 years 7 months ago

best case is a strong 1st half, then they add some more pieces and have a stronger 2nd half and make the playoffs.

Drew Tweedie
4 years 7 months ago

Thought Young may have been coming back to SD for a moment there. Pity.

daveypinstripes
4 years 7 months ago

Man, that rotation does not look very impressive without Santana. Nevertheless the CY signing is solid if he’s healthy at $1MM.

scluse
4 years 7 months ago

Another low-risk, high reward move for Sandy Alderson and Co. I just hope they hired a competent medical staff to keep these guys healthy and if they could the Mets can surprise alot of people in 2011! LGM 2011!