Mets sign outfielder Chris Young to one-year deal

Jason O. Watson

Pending a physical, the former A's and Diamondbacks outfielder will join the team.

The New York Mets have agreed to a deal with outfielder Chris Young, says Jon Heyman. Ken Rosenthal adds that it's a one-year deal. The 30-year-old is coming off a down year with the Oakland Athletics in which he hit just .200/.280/.379 in 375 plate appearances.

For his career, Young is a .235/.315/.431 hitter with a 94 wRC+. He's hit 144 home runs in 3,963 plate appearances—an average of about 24 home runs per 650 plate appearances—and generally rated well by defensive metrics. A right-handed hitter, Young has excelled against left-handed pitchers, as he's hit .262/.363/.474 against them, good for a 121 wRC+. Though he's struggled against right-handed pitchers, Young has still hit for power against them.

Nearly all of Young's outfield experience has come in center field, where he played for the entirety of his seven years with Arizona, but Oakland used him a bit in each of the corners in 2013. And for what it's worth, the Steamer projection over at Fangraphs predicts a .228/.315/.408 slash line and 1.7 fWAR from Young over 434 plate appearances in 2014.

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