WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26: Chris Young #55 of the New York Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 26, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Don't call him Roy Oswalt, but free agent pitcher Chris Young is still available and could be a cheap, low-risk pickup for any team, especially those that play half their games in a pitcher's park. Among teams interested in the free agent are the New York Mets, who according to Ken Davidoff of Newsday, remain in contact with the right-handed starting pitcher.
Young, 32, wants a major-league contract which is quite surprising however. The right-handed pitcher hasn't had a healthy season since 2007 when he threw 30 starts with the Padres. He's averaged ten starts per year over the past four seasons, including back-to-back seasons in which he made four starts.
Last year with the Mets, it seemed as if Young looked like his old self again. He only made four starts, but posted a sub-2.00 ERA across 24 innings of work with a 8.3 K/9 with the Mets.
- Twitter / @KenDavidoff: #Mets remain in touch with free agent RHP Chris Young, but he wants a major-league contract.