Chris Young’s miserable tenure with the New York Mets may be about to come to an unceremonious end. Adam Rubin of ESPN reports that the Mets are mulling cutting the left fielder despite still owing him over half of his $7.25 million salary for the year.
Sources tell Rubin that Young’s days in New York are “numbered” and the Mets could make him go away as early as this week. New York needs to clear a roster spot for CF Juan Lagares who is currently on a rehab stint in double-A and is just about ready to come back.
Young was a bit of a free agent risk to begin with for the Mets coming off a season in Oakland where he hit just .200 with 12 home runs. The Mets were confident in Young being able to return to the 20-plus home run form he showed in Arizona, and gave him a one-year deal worth over seven million.
Young rewarded the Mets’ faith by hitting .201 with four homers and 17 RBI in 179 ABs. So basically, they got what they should’ve known they were getting when they signed Young: an offensively challenged outfielder.
The Mets are now apparently ready to move on from their major offseason mistake. Chris Young will probably resurface somewhere else as a utility outfielder for a contender.