Monday, January 17, 2011

Chris Young Close to Deal with Mets

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets are close to signing oft-injured free agent LHP Chris Young.  While terms of the potential deal have not been disclosed, the odds are good that the deal will either of the one year or minor league variety.

Young came up with Texas as a highly touted pitching prospect.  During the 2005-2006 offseason he and Adrian Gonzalez were traded to San Diego in exchange for gopher ball specialist Adam Eaton.*  After showing considerable promise, Young succumbed to arm injuries in 2008.  He's struggled with a wide array of injuries ever since.

* This has to be one of the most lopsided trades in the history of baseball.  San Diego easily won this deal.  Eaton went 7-4 with a 5.12 ERA in 65 innings.  He was traded to Philadelphia that offseason.   Young put up a couple of solid years, and A-Gon turned into an MVP type player.  Great move by Texas.

Chris Young is clearly a high-risk, high-reward guy for the Mets.  Considering his injury history, they shouldn't expect too much out of him.  He's only pitched 198 innings over the last three seasons with mixed results.  If he can come back healthy (and that's a big if), he could provide some depth at the back end of the Mets rotation.

Oh.  As an aside.  Johan Santana will be out until the All-Star break, while he recovers from shoulder surgery.  Until he returns, the Mets rotation will look like this:  Mike Pelfrey, R.A. Dickey, Jonathan Niese, Chris Capuano, and Chris Young.  Yikes!  If that's not the fourth worst rotation in baseball, I'm not sure what is.

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