OF Young reaches agreement with Mets
November, 22, 2013
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Beck DiefenbachChris Young is coming on board with the Mets, pending a physical.
Young's physical is scheduled for next week, so there will be no formal announcement today.
The 30-year-old outfielder spent seven seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks before going to the Oakland Athletics in a three-team trade last offsesason that involved Heath Bell and Cliff Pennington.
Young hit .200 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs in 335 at-bats last season with Oakland. He had a career-high 32 homers in his first full major league season, in 2007 with Arizona.
He has appeared in 905 games in center field, 26 games in right field and 24 games in left field in his major league career.
The hope is that Juan Lagares hits enough to play center field, pushing Young to a corner. But Young would be capable of stepping into center field if Lagares proves unable to handle major league pitching.
Currently, the Mets’ outfield alignment is Eric Young Jr. in left field, Lagares in center field and Chris Young in right field. But the Mets still hope to add another outfielder via free agency or trade, which would push Eric Young Jr. to a fourth-outfielder role, or second base if Daniel Murphy gets traded.
The Mets have been linked to free-agent Nelson Cruz, but his salary demands exceed the Mets’ appetite, according to a source. The Mets also have had dialogue with the Milwaukee Brewers about a trade that could send Ike Davis for an outfielder, although a Mets official recently insisted there has been zero dialogue about Ryan Braun.