Chris Young was signed to a one-year, $7.25 million deal to provide some power and defense in the Mets’ outfield, but he’s been terrible on both sides of the ball so far and Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that he could be let go as soon as this week if he doesn’t start producing in a hurry.
Young has hit .201 with four homers and a .596 OPS in 58 games. He’s always struck out a lot and posted poor batting averages, but at age 30 that OPS is 65 points below his previous career-worst mark from last season and 140 points belong his lifetime mark.
According to Rubin his “days are numbered” and the Mets are “prepared to eat the remainder of this year’s $7.25 million salary” to get rid of Young, who was an All-Star for the Diamondbacks as recently as 2010.
The Mets told Jay Bruce that the club plans on having him open the season as the everyday right fielder, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports. This comes as no surprise after the Mets failed to get any bites after dangling Bruce as a trade chip. The Mets reportedly wanted a pair of prospects in exchange for Bruce.
With Bruce in right, Yoenis Cespedes back in left, and Curtis Granderson in center, Michael Conforto appears to be the odd man out. He’ll either warm the bench or head back to Triple-A Las Vegas for regular at-bats.
Bruce, who turns 30 years old in April, had a rough final two months of the 2016 season after joining the Mets in a trade from the Reds. He hit a paltry .219/.294/.391 with eight home runs and 19 RBI in 187 plate appearances. Bruce, apparently, wanted to go anywhere but in New York.
Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have inked outfielder Eric Young, Jr. to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Young, 31, played in just six games and logged one plate appearance in the majors this past season with the Yankees. He last played regularly in 2014. While Young doesn’t do much with the bat, he could provide value as a pinch-runner. He also offers versatility, having played all three outfield positions along with second base.
The Angels have Ben Revere as their fourth outfielder and Jefry Marte behind him, so Young would need to have a very impressive showing in spring training to find a spot on the Angels’ roster.