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.
Free agent lefty reliever Aaron Loup has been given a locker in the Padres’ clubhouse, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reported Sunday. Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Loup received a one-year MLB deal with a club option for 2020. The Padres will shift right-hander Garrett Richards to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster.
Loup, 31, began the 2018 season with the Blue Jays and was traded to the Phillies for minor league right-hander Jacob Waguespack at the midseason deadline. The veteran left-hander pitched just two innings in Philadelphia before hitting the injured list with a forearm strain and returned for a handful of appearances at the end of the year, bringing him up to a 4.54 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, 10.0 SO/9, and 0.3 fWAR across 39 2/3 combined innings.
Assuming health issues don’t complicate his next campaign in San Diego, Loup will be added to the bullpen alongside fellow left-handers Matt Strahm and José Castillo (with the possible late addition of southpaw reliever Brad Wieck, who underwent surgery for testicular cancer earlier this year). There are worse places to be — according to FanGraphs, the Padres’ ‘pen jumped from second-worst in 2017 to second-best in the league with a cumulative 3.53 ERA, 3.31 FIP, and 8.7 fWAR in 2018.