Results tagged ‘ Chris Young ’

Poll: What should the Mets do when Chris Young returns from the DL?

With Chris Young due back Friday from a strained right quad, an outfield logjam is imminent. Manager Terry Collins has indicated that he will start Curtis Granderson every day and rotate his other three outfielders among two spots. But what should the Mets do?


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Dispatches from Las Vegas and Port St. Lucie, 3/15

One more game in the desert before the Mets head back east.

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What we learned: Believe the hype: Cashman Field in Las Vegas is as hitter-friendly as they come. … Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias may miss significant time with a stress reaction in his shins, perhaps creating another suitor for Stephen Drew.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“If you get hit when it’s 117 degrees right here, you get to go into the air conditioning.” –Triple-A Las Vegas manager Wally Backman on Cashman Field’s unprotected dugouts

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Dispatches from Port St. Lucie, 2/17

Today was the first official workout for Mets pitchers and catchers. Lots happened today, including Jeff Wilpon’s Q&A with MLB.com.

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What we learned: Not long after the Mets seemed to tab Jenrry Mejia a starting pitcher for good, manager Terry Collins said that Mejia could make the team out of the bullpen. … Noah Syndergaard is a large, large human.

What we wrote:

Around the league:

They said it:

“We had to use our money to sign a few guys. We don’t have any bats, we don’t have any balls, we don’t have any lights. But we do have players.” –Collins, after a light in the Mets’ press conference room proved non-operational.

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Mets’ Opening Day lineup? Forever Young is in their mind

After the Mets inked Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60-million deal, the popular thinking was that the signing would push Eric Young, Jr. to the bench, giving the Mets an outfield of (from left to right) Granderson, Juan Lagares and Chris Young. Yet one Mets official cautioned Monday that that might not be the case. The Mets were enamored with what Eric Young, Jr. gave them last season, and want his bat in the lineup in some capacity.

If the Mets trade Daniel Murphy, they could achieve that by sliding Young into the starting second base role. Short of that, and assuming the Mets trade Ike Davis instead of Lucas Duda, their Opening Day lineup could look something like this:

Eric Young, Jr., LF
Daniel Murphy, 2B
David Wright, 3B
Curtis Granderson, RF
Chris Young, CF
Lucas Duda, 1B
Travis d’Arnaud, C
Ruben Tejada, SS
Jon Niese, LHP

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Mets sign outfielder Chris Young

The Mets began addressing their outfield vacancies on Friday morning, signing Chris Young to a one-year contract pending a physical, according to two sources with knowledge of the negotiations. The Mets have not commented on the signing because it is not yet official.

Young, 30, hit .200 with 12 home runs and 10 stolen bases last season, his first in Oakland after seven years with the D-backs. His best year came in 2010, when he hit .257 with 27 home runs and 28 steals, making his only All-Star appearance.

Though Young has played mostly center field throughout his career, he also played 26 games in right field last season and 24 games in left. If the Mets choose to keep Juan Lagares in center in 2014, they could plug Young into either corner.

–Anthony DiComo

Report from Port St. Lucie, 3/29

The Mets did not make their final roster cuts on Thursday, but they may as well have. In reassigning Adam Loewen, Garrett Olson and four others to Minor League camp, the Mets basically committed themselves to Mike Nickeas, Mike Baxter and Daniel Herrera on the Opening Day roster. The only way Herrera will not make it is if fellow left-hander Tim Byrdak is fully healed from knee surgery.

Also: I had a chance to see Chris Young throw off a mound today for the first time since Young reported to camp on a Minor League deal. You can check out a photo from his session below:

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Mets all tapped out in Buffalo?

The Mets recently released their probable pitchers for the next week, confirming that Dillon Gee (below) has joined the rotation until further notice. The following day, the team announced that Chris Young has opted for surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his right shoulder, almost certainly ending his season.

Teams don’t ever go 162 games using only five starters, most poaching proven pitchers from their farm systems several times throughout the course of a season. But the Mets currently have no such luxury, having seen a plague descend upon Triple-A Buffalo. Boof Bonser has already undergone Tommy John surgery. Top prospect Jenrry Mejia is scheduled for the same procedure. Gee’s promotion to the big leagues has further undermined what was supposed to be one of the International League’s top rotations in Buffalo. (And even Gee has a history of shoulder trouble — despite optimism, there’s no telling how long he may last in the bigs.)

This, for the Mets, is a problem. It would be almost impossible for them to play out the remaining 80 percent of the season with just five starting pitchers, but they have little else available on the farm. Buffalo’s rotation currently consists of D.J. Carrasco, who was exiled from the Mets last month; Casey Fossum, a former big leaguer who represents little more than organizational depth; Brian Sweeney, another journeyman starter; Josh Stinson, a former 37th-round Draft pick without much serious potential;  and Chris Schwinden, so far the best of the bunch. In six starts with Buffalo, Schwinden is 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA, striking out nearly a batter per inning and showcasing solid control.

If the Mets need a starter in the immediate future, Schwinden may be the pick, unless the Mets opt to go with Carrasco, who is already on the 40-man roster.

Either way, the situation is not ideal, and considering the team’s tight budget, searching for help outside the organization may not be a viable option. It is critical, then, for the five starting pitchers in New York to remain healthy — both now and for the immediate future.

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Projecting the Opening Day roster: 1/20

It’s Thursday, which means it’s time again to project the Opening Day roster, an exercise we will undertake every week here until Opening Day. There are some significant changes since last week, after the Mets all but finished their offseason shopping with the acquisitions of Chris Young, Willie Harris and Scott Hairston. Remember, this list includes only those players currently on the roster — not those the Mets may yet acquire:

chrisRyoung.jpgC – Josh Thole
1B – Ike Davis
2B – Brad Emaus
SS – Jose Reyes
3B – David Wright
OF – Jason Bay
OF – Carlos Beltran
OF – Angel Pagan
Bench – Chin-lung Hu
Bench – Daniel Murphy
Bench – Scott Hairston
Bench – Willie Harris
Bench – Mike Nickeas

SP – Mike Pelfrey
SP – R.A. Dickey
SP – Jon Niese
SP – Chris Young
SP – Chris Capuano
RP – Francisco Rodriguez
RP – Bobby Parnell
RP – D.J. Carrasco
RP – Taylor Tankersley
RP – Taylor Buchholz
RP – Manny Acosta
RP – Pedro Beato

Comments: Once again, Nickeas cracks the roster due to the eight games remaining on Ronny Paulino’s PED suspension. Young slides into the rotation, knocking Dillon Gee back to the Minors. And the presence of both Hairston and Harris does the same for Nick Evans. He’s out of options, helping his chances, but Evans will nonetheless have to hit his way onto the team in Spring Training. I still like Emaus’s chances to win the second base competition, and Terry Collins said this week that he thinks Murphy could be invaluable to the Mets as a super-sub off the bench. The only other change is Acosta making the team over Ryota Igarashi, who cleared waivers last week and has been outrighted to Triple-A. Igarashi may still make the team over Buchholz, Acosta or Beato, though the latter two have advantages due to being out of options and having Rule 5 status, respectively.

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Francis to Royals, but who to Mets?

The Mets lost one of their primary free agent targets Friday morning when Jeff Francis reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Royals.

francis.jpgThough he may never have been the Mets’ top starting pitcher target — they have been in talks with Chris Young for weeks — the deal should nonetheless affect them. In addition to losing the bargaining power of talking to Francis, the Mets now must come with the fact that the other teams after him — the Yankees, for one — now may focus more of their energies on Young.

If the Mets cannot land Young, they may turn toward Dave Bush or Freddy Garcia instead. Earlier this month, the club signed Chris Capuano to a heavily incentive-laden one-year deal worth a base of $1.5 million; they would like to do acquire another starter on similar terms.

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Mets have not offered contracts to Young, Francis

Contrary to recent media reports, the Mets have not yet offered contracts to free agent pitchers Chris Young or Jeff Francis, general manager Sandy Alderson said Friday. But the team is currently in negotiations with both players.

Some other nuggets from Alderson:

  • Despite their budget, the Mets expect to leave next week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando with new players — though not necessarily any big-ticket players. If all else fails, Alderson joked, the Mets will select someone in the annual Rule 5 Draft.
  • Alderson fully expects Oliver Perez to still be with the club come Spring Training. The start of the regular season, however, is another matter.
  • Alderson said he would be “surprised” if the Mets made long-terms commitments to any player — Jose Reyes included — prior to Spring Training. The new front office is anxious to take a thorough inventory of its own assets before taking any long-term risks.
  • Non-tendering Sean Green and Chris Carter was more a function of needing to free up roster spots, Alderson said, than it was of monetary compensation.

Expect plenty more Mets coverage from the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. beginning Sunday evening.

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

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