The reaction around the Mets’ Chris Young signing was wonderfully hyperbolic. It was a solid, short-term move that improves the product on the field in the near term with little longterm risk.
At Fangraphs, Dave Cameron praises the move, “I continue to believe that this will likely go down as one of the best free agent signings of the off-season….Young isn’t a sexy addition, but this is the kind of solid low cost move that smart teams are making these days.” Cameron believes that Young will bounce back to become roughly a league average hitter.
At ESPN, Keith Law doesn’t like the fit as much. Law argues that Young has not been the same player since his 2012 shoulder injury and that with Juan Lagares in center, moving Young to a corner will erode so much of his defensive value that he will be unable make up for it with his bat. “He’s an upgrade over any of the Mets’ internal options for those spots, but they won’t get maximum value from him if he’s not in center. Coming off of a year of replacement-level offense, there’s more risk involved in an investment in his bat than $7.25 million guaranteed would seem to indicate.”
Grant Bisbee was a little disappointed that the Giants lost out to the Mets on Young.
Jonah Keri reminds everyone that teams want to “TARGET” players coming off down years.