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.
It has been evident throughout the playoffs that Astros second baseman José Altuve’s right knee is bothering him. Altuve battled a right knee issue in July, then banged it up again in Game 2 of the ALDS and it’s been a problem ever since.
Manager A.J. Hinch said that if it were the regular season, he wouldn’t put Altuve in the lineup. Per MLB.com’s Richard Justice, the full quote:
He’s hurt. And if it was any other time of the year, he wouldn’t be in the lineup or wouldn’t be playing. He’d probably be on the DL. … But he’s showing up every day in good spirits, ready to go, giving 100 percent of what he’s got. He should be commended.
Hinch also said of Altuve, “His teammates revere him. The production that he’s doing on one leg is pretty incredible. And he’s trying not to talk about it. And therefore I am.”
During the ALCS, Altuve has hit .250/.368/.313 in 16 at-bats. He has just one extra-base hit but he has racked up three singles and drawn three walks while scoring four runs. Hinch has had Marwin González start at second base Games 3 and 4 and is doing so again on Thursday night in Game 5.