Mets Officially Sign Chris Young To One-Year Contract

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Chris Young Signs With Mets After Passing Physical

A few days ago, Chris Young and the Mets agreed to a one-year contract. However, that agreement was pending a physical exam, which was no small hurdle for a pitcher with Young's recent history of health problems. But worry no more (if you were worrying) - news is out now that Young has passed his physical, and has officially been signed.

Young will receive a base salary of $1.1 million with the Mets. However, there are playing time incentives that could take his deal up to a maximum value of $4.5 million. This is the same maximum salary that could be reached by fellow free agent signee Chris Capuano.

The 31-year-old Young will look to join Mike Pelfrey, Jonathon Niese, R.A. Dickey, and Capuano in the Mets' initial starting rotation. Young (and Capuano) is a risky investment, given his trouble staying on the mound, but if he's healthy, there's no reason why he shouldn't be successful in Citi Field. Young works up in the zone, missing bats and allowing a ton of fly balls, and Citi should be able to keep most of them in the park. A healthy Young is an effective and unusual starting pitcher.

If Young or Capuano - or anyone else - isn't able to begin the season in the rotation, Dillon Gee is the top reinforcement.

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Chris Young, Mets Reach Contract Agreement, Pending Physical

The New York Mets' starting rotation may not be big on talent, but it's looking mighty big on volatility. Two weeks after signing free agent Chris Capuano, the Mets have now taken another step, reaching an agreement with free agent Chris Young.

Terms of the contract with Young aren't yet known, and the deal isn't official, as it's pending a physical exam. And while these physicals are usually something of a formality, it could be more of an issue with Young, who had shoulder surgery in 2009 and then missed much of the 2010 season with a shoulder strain. Nevertheless, odds are that Young will pass and head to New York.

With the Mets, he'll look to join an Opening Day rotation featuring Capuano, R.A. Dickey, Mike Pelfrey, and Jonathon Niese. Johan Santana will return a few months into the year, but will begin the season on the disabled list following shoulder surgery.

The 31-year-old Young - who, at 6'10, is one of the tallest players in baseball history - appeared in just four games last season with the Padres, allowing two runs over 20 innings. Shoulder injuries have derailed what was once a very promising career, and there's no guarantee that a healthy Young will be able to get his fastball back into the high 80s, where it used to sit. Even so, this is a risk with a big potential reward, and the Mets will hope that Young can get back to what made him so successful in 2006-2007. When right, the righty works off of a fastball and slider and puts a ton of catchable balls in the air.

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