Mets ink pitcher Young

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FLUSHING, N.Y. -- The New York Mets signed veteran right-handed pitcher Chris Young to a one-year contract on Thursday.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"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."

The 31-year-old Young struggled with right shoulder problems in 2010, making only four starts with the Padres. He pitched once in April and came back to make three starts in September, finishing with a record of 2-0 and an earned run average of 0.90.

San Diego declined Young's $8.5 million option for the 2011 campaign.

Young has missed parts of the past three seasons because of arm problems. He had a strained right forearm in August of 2008, then made just 14 starts the following year and missed the second half of that '09 campaign because of a strained right shoulder.

The Princeton product has a 48-34 career mark with a 3.80 over 135 starts with Texas and San Diego over his seven big league seasons.

In other club news, the Mets agreed to terms with outfielder Scott Hairston on a one-year contract. Financial details were not released.

The 30-year-old appeared in 104 games with San Diego last season and batted a mere .210 with 10 home runs and 36 runs batted in.

Over seven big league seasons, Hairston is a career .245 hitter with 68 homers and 198 RBI in 564 games with Arizona, Oakland and the Padres.


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