METS SIGN RHP CHRIS YOUNG
FLUSHING, N.Y., January 20, 2011 – 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.