Mets agree to sign outfielder Chris Young to one-year deal
The Mets and outfielder Chris Young have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
Young, 30, hit .200/.280/.379 (85 OPS+) with 12 home runs and 10 stolen bases in 107 games for the Athletics this past season. The right-handed batter did do some damage against lefties (93 OPS+) and away from spacious O.co Coliseum (102 OPS+). He managed a 98 OPS+ for the Diamondbacks in 2012.
Young is a very good defender who can play center field, though the Mets intend to play him regularly in a corner spot, according to Heyman. Juan Lagares, who posted an 80 OPS+ but played Gold Glove caliber defense as a rookie in 2013, will remain the starter in center field. Having two center fielders in the outfield will be a joy for the team's pitching staff.
The Mets could still use another corner outfielder and were said to have interest in Curtis Granderson and Nelson Cruz in recent weeks. They're also in the market for a shortstop and bullpen help. First baseman Ike Davis is reportedly on the trade block.
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