Mets OF Chris Young has logged 152 plate appearances this season, but is batting just .195 with four home runs and 14 RBI.
He was hitless in four at bats Tuesday and did not play Wednesday.
“We were looking for a guy who could play center field, who could back us up if Juan Lagares didn’t improve offensively, and also had the ability to play all three outfield positions,” Sandy Alderson told ESPN 98.7 FM when asked about his decision to sign Young this past off-season.
Alderson said hoped Young could hit at least .240 with 15 home runs. He is on pace to hit roughly 10 home runs, while driving in 40 runs and batting around .200.
Young hit 32 home runs in 2007 and made the All-Star team in 2010. However, he struggled in a part-time role with the D-Backs and A’s the last two seasons.
“When you start your career like that, you set really high expectations,” a rival evaluator told columnist Andy Martino (Daily News, June 5). “I think he can be solid, but nothing like (he used to be). This game is hard. Sometimes they make adjustments to you, and you can’t make that next adjustment. That happened with him.”