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Saturday, February 22, 2014
Alderson weighs in on Young vs. Cruz

By Adam Rubin

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Sandy Alderson offered no regrets for signing Chris Young in November for $7.25 million considering Nelson Cruz just agreed to a base salary of $8 million with minimal incentives with the Baltimore Orioles.

"This is not a 'gee-whiz, if-we-just-waited' moment for us," Alderson told reporters, adding that the Mets never really were in on Cruz, despite media reports otherwise. "We're happy with Chris Young. I'm not here to critique Nelson Cruz, but he's a very different player. He brings power to the table. No question about it. But he doesn't bring the defense. He doesn't really have our approach necessarily."