Published on November 26th, 2013 | by Josh Chapdelaine0
Mets Announce Chris Young Signing
The New York Mets today officially announced the signing of outfielder Chris Young.
The club released the following excerpt about the signing:
Young, 30, appeared in 107 games with Oakland last season, hitting .200 (67-335) with 12 home runs and 40 RBI. The 6-2, 190-pound native of Houston, TX, who throws and bats right-handed, hit double-digit home runs for the seventh consecutive season in 2013. He finished with 33 extra-base hits, the second most in the American League among players with 335 at-bats or less.
There’s a lot to like about the 30-year-old outfielder. He’s a solid low-risk, high-reward signing for the 2014 season considering he’s only two seasons removed from a 27 home run effort with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Young’s $7.2M salary is hardly prohibitive and he should easily be worth the money if he can remain healthy. Young struggled with finding empty space in 2013 as his BABIP dipped to a career-worst .237, significantly lower than his career .274 mark. His peripherals all remained in line with his career average, suggesting that his offensive decline wasn’t based on poor fundamentals.
Steamer is projecting Young will hit .223/.310/.392 with 16 home runs in 528 ABs in 2014. Young would ideally reach base at a higher clip, but the line represents a significant upgrade in slugging over that of incumbent left fielder Eric Young Jr.
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