Can Chris Young thrive with Mets?

Updated: January 18, 2011, 2:31 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

It has been a while since Chris Young -- the 6-foot-10 pitcher from Princeton, not the rejuvenated Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder -- mattered for those in fantasy leagues, but make no mistake, he certainly did matter. Young's problem was rarely his pitching ability, but rather an ability to stay healthy. He's in the news after agreeing to a free-agent deal with the New York Mets on Monday, pending a physical, which in Young's case is hardly a formality.

However, if healthy this is precisely the type of situation that could work out well for the Mets and fantasy owners. Frankly, when looking at the current New York rotation, they might need this to work out. Young is one of the most extreme fly-ball pitchers in baseball, and that wasn't a big problem when he called spacious Petco Park his home stadium. Well, if you've been paying attention the past two seasons, you know New York's Citi Field is rather friendly to pitchers as well. Plus, terrific medical personnel awaits in the New York area.