Chris Young, Mets agree to deal
The Mets, desperate to add some pop to their lineup this offseason, have reached an agreement with veteran outfielder Chris Young.
A source confirmed it is a one-year deal for $7.25 million. The agreement is pending a physical Young, 30, will take next week.
The signing would have brought more excitement if it came after the 2010 season, a year in which the right-handed hitting Young, then with the Diamondbacks, hit .257 with a .347 on-base percentage with 27 homers and 91 RBIs and was an NL All-Star.
In 2013, however, Young hit .200 with a .280 OBP with 12 homers and 40 RBIs in 107 games for the Athletics. He primarily has been a centerfielder in his career but is capable of playing all three outfield spots and will play one of the corner positions for the Mets.
Young started 54 games in center last season, 26 in right and 24 in left.
Young is a career .235 hitter with a .315 OBP with 144 homers and 448 RBIs, playing parts of eight seasons with the Diamondbacks and A's. He spent the first seven years of his career with Arizona before moving on to the A's last season.
With Marc Carig