NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Right-hander Chris Young and the New York Mets have finalized a one-year contract worth $1.1 million with incentives that could pay over $4 million.
The deal with the former All-Star, agreed to earlier in the week pending a physical, was completed Thursday.
The Mets also announced that they have signed outfielder Scott Hairston to a one-year contract.
San Diego declined its $8.5 million option on Young, sidelined most of the season with a strained right shoulder. It was his third significant injury in as many seasons.
He made four starts all year, three from Sept. 18 on, and wound up 2-0 with an 0.90 ERA. Young is 13-12 with a 4.13 ERA in 36 starts in the last three seasons.
On Wednesday, Mets manager Terry Collins spoke with Mike Francesa about his club as they approach spring training.
Statement from the Mets on Chris Young:
The New York Mets today announced that they have signed righthanded pitcher Chris Young to a one-year contract.
Young, a former All-Star, went 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA (two earned runs/20.0 innings) in four starts last year for the San Diego Padres. The 6-10, 270-pounder has missed parts of the last three seasons with right arm problems.
“Chris has the potential to make a big contribution this year,” said Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson. “We were together in San Diego when he was one of the most dominating pitchers in the league and we feel he’s a good fit for Citi Field.”
Young, 31, has a career 48-34 record with a 3.80 ERA (317 earned runs/751.2 innings) in 135 career starts with the Texas Rangers and San Diego.
The Dallas, TX native began his career with the Rangers and was 12-7 in 2005. He was traded to San Diego in a six-player transaction on January 4, 2006.
In his first season with the Padres, he went 11-5 in 31 starts and finished sixth in the National League with a 3.46 ERA. During his All-Star season in 2007, Young compiled a 9-8 record, finishing fifth in the NL with a 3.12 ERA and led the majors with a .192 batting average against.
Young went on the Disabled List in August, 2008 with a strained right forearm and missed the second half of the 2009 season with a strained right shoulder. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder on August 17, 2009.
Young was a baseball and basketball star at Princeton University. He became the first male athlete to capture the Ivy League’s Rookie of the Year in both sports during the 1998-1999 campaign.
Statement from the Mets on Scott Hairston:
The New York Mets today announced that they have signed outfielder Scott Hairston, who has hit 44 home runs over the last three seasons, to a one-year contract.
Hairston, 30, had 10 doubles, 10 home runs, 36 RBI and scored 34 runs in 104 games for the San Diego Padres while batting .210 (62-295) last year.
The 6-0, 196-pounder combined to hit .265 (114-430) with 27 doubles, 17 home runs and 64 RBI in 116 games combined between the Padres and Oakland Athletics in 2009. The Fort Worth, Texas native hit 17 home runs with 18 doubles and 31 RBI in 112 games with the Padres in 2008.
In seven major league seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Padres and Athletics, Hairston has hit 68 home runs with 91 doubles, 13 triples and 198 RBI in 564 games.
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