MetsBlog Q&A: Chris Young and Juan Lagares want to be your CF

Mets OF Chris Young expects to be the opening day center fielder, as does Juan Lagares (Rowe, Feb. 21).

Sandy Alderson recently told WFAN that the outfield will be a competition between Granderson, Lagares and both Youngs, with offensive production eventually dictating the final three.

Young says he appreciated Alderson making an early trip to visit with him this past off-season, during which he was not promised any specific position, though he would likely get a certain number of at bats.


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“The main goal is to to get at bats and win ball games, after that everything else falls in to place,” Chris Young recently told MetsBlog’s Robert Brender. “You just have to be ready to compete, where ever they put you out there.”

Here is Brender’s full four-minute discussion with Chris Young, who talks about Lagares, center field and his experience in Oakland and Arizona:


69 comments
MeetTheMatts
MeetTheMatts

@SNYtv Chris Young can't hit. He makes Dave Kingman's .225 look respectable.

Meet The Matts
Meet The Matts

How does Chris Young, with lousy numbers, warrant getting ABs over a kid that can play the tar out of center and has shown he can hit .250 - which is 45 points higher than the 7 Million Dollar Man?!

book2155
book2155

Nicely spoken Chris Young

mustang66
mustang66

ottersilagares I hardly ever scored in terms of Defense and runs. However and a half year he has made me a believer in the defensive side of the game. When you take into account the amount of put outs we will get from him, how shallow he's able to play the weaker hitters, and how many fly balls he runs down in the gap, I believe he can save 50 runs in a full season on defense alone. granted it's a small sample, but in my 55 years on this earth this is the best I have seen anyone play center field. Unfortunately, the waist in seven million dollarson young will probably give him the job.

Jimmy
Jimmy

I was in the Mariners blogs, and I noticed a lot of their fans want Lagares in a trade with the Mets. For the record, I am a huge Lagares fan. However, is there a chance Seattle would trade Brad Miller for Lagares and a Pitcher (Gee or Niese)?

I don't see why either side would say no to this. Seattle gets a good mid-rotation SP and a great, starting OF (2 quality players that fill their needs).

For us, Brad Miller would be our SS and Leadoff Hitter. He is far better than Tejada and Nick Franklin both offensively and defensively, and our lineup would look great with him at the top.

I would absolutely hate to lose Legares. But, between Grandy, CY, EY, DenDekker, Puello, and Brown, I think the Mets OF could survive that hit. Especially if we could keep our future pitching staff intact.

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

What happens if the Mets start off hot and get momentum and do well. Our pitching even without Harvey is still very good. Everyone is jumping the gun based on statistics.. well here's a stat for you, it's called the WAIT AND SEE STAT. Or as I call it, WAS. It's one thing to have speculation based off an opinion, but so many of you just bash every player on the team when every single one of them would blow you out of the water when it came to knowledge and talent about baseball. They made it to the major leagues for a reason, not by luck. It's not exactly easy to make it past the minor leagues, let alone play in the majors... so for those of you who just throw out batting averages thinking you're smart. How about you keep working your day jobs and worry about the season using my stat called the WAIT AND SEE stat.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

How could anyone possibly take Sandy seriously that the OF is a 4 way competition for 3 spots? The Mets just committed $60M over 4yrs for Grandy you expect me to believe he's competing for playing time in year 1? They gave CY $7.5M and promised him 600ABs when they did, how is he going to reach that number if he's not starting? So really this is 2 guys competing for 1 spot with Lagares in CF or EY in LF. And from everything TC has said this offseason he's already made up his mind as he thinks he needs EY to leadoff simply because he can steal bases when he gets on. So barring something unforeseen there really is no competition and Lagares is SOL.

dan cardoza
dan cardoza

Kid is too worried about his at bats! His main goals started with him getting at bats and winning was second! Winning should always come first!!! Hope he gets a clue!

willymayshays
willymayshays

Mets just really need to make a push for Franklin.   Tejada would have much needed competition and would have to play extremely well to even get a few AB's.   Tejada could then play 2B as a defensive sub, or give Murph the day off vs a LH pitcher now and then.   With some depth in the mid infield this team would be a ton better.  Norm, I rather hold on tho the prospects but this kid is 22 and can be had.  We have some pieces.  Do it!


nymetsrule
nymetsrule

I feel like this is little league baseball where all the kids want to play a good position...but they all suck anyways.

yankeehater
yankeehater

Why in the world is eric young being considered a starting option? Hopefully these guys running the team know that this isn't an actual option and are just trying to be nice. Anyone who would actually consider putting EYJ out there over ANY of granderson, c young, and lagares, is a fool. Its not even worth discussing.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Had the Mets signed another legitimate bat or two, this would not be an issue.  Legares would be the guy.  Nickel pinching Sandy, under the direction of the Mighty Madoffs have made this an issue.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Apropos of nothing, Jesus Montero, coming off a PED suspension, showed up at Seattle Mariners training camp 40 lbs. overweight.  I take comfort in the knowledge that it's not only the Mets that have totally clueless players.

eric88
eric88

Sandy is not much of a creative trader if he doesn't have a productive veteran to move. Why with so many  pitching prospects, can;t he come up with a trade for a SS or 1B prospect, I'm confused. Has NEVER made that kind of trade. Why?

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Keith Law fielded a question on his chat about just how dumb it would be to use EYJ over Lagares.

Suffice it to say, he much preferred Lagares which means our Dolt manager will go EY.

eric88
eric88

Pitchers from other teams must trip over themselves to face our lineup.

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

Lagares should be viewed as the starter in CF and Young in RF. Juan Lagares was in a Met uniform last year, played a great CF and batted better than Young. Who cares about ST? Let Young play his way into CF over the 1st 40 games or so of the season. Nothing matter, no performance counts, until the season is under way.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

When you take out Wright and Murphy, your batting averages from last year are as follows:


Chris Young - .200

Tejada - .202

d'Arnaud - .202

Davis - .205

Duda - .223

Granderson - .229

Lagares - .242

EYJ - .249

...I'm really not seeing any improvement over last year's win total.  Yet, I'm sure I'll get responses of, "But what if this guy bounces back, and this guy produces in his second year, and if this guy isn't injured..."


Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

@Jimmy  i hear ya but that glove is tough to give up and a proven starter pitcher ehh.  if the mets were cool they would sign drew and we don't have to trade anyone

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

@yankeehater  i think its for the sole fact that he's really our only leadoff batter. But i want that outfield u mentioned and make ey the 4th outfielder.  I guess tejeda should be the leadoff even tho that could be a disaster, he's the only logic choice besides ey.

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@yankeehater  Why not start EY? He has major league experience and showed last season that when hes at the top of that lineup, we tend to score more runs especially early. Lagares showed half a decent season DEFENSIVELY and couldn't hit at all. He was never even slated a good prospect and only received playing time because no one else was in front of him, aka he was a spot holder. EY will be in left, CY will be in center, and Granderson will be in right. It makes the most sense. CY albeit he has had a rough last couple of years, he is a major league center fielder. He was in Arizona back when he was an allstar, so he clearly can be the guy to do it. Lagares unfortunately, is the odd man out at this point..

eric88
eric88

@Macacawitz   Your right. Fred Tampon has his payroll down to the bottom 6 in BB.

logic
logic

You need your head checked. Not a creative trader, eh? So I guess TDA, Thor, Wheeler, and black were all terrible pickups for guys we weren't keeping or signing. Read more, post less.

dan cardoza
dan cardoza

Right answers?? He put his at bats ahead of winning! He is more concerned about himself than winning.. Listen to it again! Think he said it twice in one interview!

robertbrender
robertbrender

@jaypot23 Thanks buddy. Yeah, he gave the right answers but It's pretty obvious he wants CF.

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@rstpigeon  Chris Young is also getting paid 7.25 million and has played CF his entire life. He was also an allstar at that position in Arizona. Not to mention, he played CF for the A's and they made it to the playoffs....

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

You realize how meaningless batting average is firstly, and secondly stats from last year don't indicate what happens this year.

eric88
eric88

@John Paul Cullinane  That is probably the most pathetic lineup entering a season in MLB history. Hey, maybe we can play some of the better hitting pitchers on their off day in the field.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

d'Arnaud would have to match 15 homers with 62 RBI's from Buck........and Granderson would have to match .291, 24 homers, and 88 RBI's from Marlon Byrd...for a "theoretical" wash of those two players, but I wouldn't envision much more...MAYBE Granderson will be similar to his last year in Detroit in '09 to reach 30 homers and 71 RBI's...?  Anyway you slice it, without any additional moves, we're well on our way to 74 wins...

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@eric88 @Macacawitz  So tell me where and who we would get to resolve this issue in the short term? I hope you're donating $125 million to sign someone, if not stop complaining.

eric88
eric88

@logic  How is that creative. He was Trading a possible future HOF'er, a CY Young winner, and  A guy having a great year. The others GM's on contenders felt they had to get those guys. He couldn't make them trade those kids unless they were willing too.

By creative, I mean without one of those Big chips, name all the great trades he made , ready go.

eric88
eric88

@logic  You need your eyes checked. Learn to read, I wrote it in the Queens english.

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@dan cardoza  I don't think you quite grasped what he was trying to say. You took his words and changed them around. As an athlete, you always want to win. It is a known fact. Anyone who has a brain realizes that anyone who competes at a professional level automatically wants to win. Clearly you aren't one of those people.


He did not say "I just want my at bats, then hopefully winning will come along with that"

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

@eric88 @John Paul Cullinane2013's Opening Day Lineup was probably worse with Cowgell in there, but it's close:


Colin Cowgell...sadly, Lagares may be wose at the plate

Daniel Murphy - same

David Wright - same

Ike Davis - same

Marlon Byrd - Wash in production given last year to what Granderson will give

Lucas Duda - same

John Buck - I don't think d'Arnaud will reach Buck's numbers from last year

Ruben Tejada - same


Tell me again, how did they improve this off season?  Why is this acceptable???

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

That's rough...I agree Lagares should obviously start in CF but Young has had 25 hr seasons and is very good in the field..

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@eric88 @logic  You can't look at it from one side and say IF he didn't have those trade chips he would have done nothing.. doesn't that go for any team that has trade chips vs not having trade chips? He had those trade chips, and picked the right time to get those prospects. He's smart, clearly unlike you. You DONT make a trade just for the sake of making a trade. He made the ones he saw big returns from and didn't just give away players for the hell of it. Actually he traded Marlon Byrd and John Buck for Black and also signed Ryan Reid. 

eric88
eric88

@John Paul Cullinane  It not acceptable, but they will talk it up to sell the 2nd most expensive ticket in the sport. Did same thing with Cowgill last year.

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

@Andrew Vazzano...anything under .330 would be below average

OBP's:

Tejada - .259

Chris Young - .280

Lagares - .281

d'Arnaud - .286

EYJ - .310

Granderson - .317

Davis - .326

Duda - .352

Overall, the Mets were 29th in overall average and tied for 26th for overall OBP.  They didn't add anything to help this.