Mets signing reliever Danny Young to minor-league deal with invite to spring training: report

The Mets have agreed to a deal with reliever Danny Young, signing the left-hander to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to MLB Trade Rumors.

Young has pitched for the Seattle Mariners and Atlanta Braves in his career, compiling a 2.45 ERA in 14.2 innings across 11 appearances over the last two seasons. The 29-year-old was particularly effective with the Braves, albeit in a small sample size. He allowed one earned run in 11 innings and struck out 12 to just two walks (and three HBPs).

After his strong start in 2023, the lefty missed the rest of the season with a hip injury that required surgery.

Making his major league debut in 2022 at 28 years old, Young has pitched for eight seasons in the minors and has a 3.90 ERA in 323.1 innings. In Triple-A, the reliever has a 4.70 ERA (1.478 WHIP) in 113 innings and a robust 11.4 K/9 rate as well as a 4.5 BB/9 rate.

This move is another low-risk, high-reward type of deal made by president of baseball operations David Stearns and the Mets who have stockpiled a bunch of arms, but who are still in the market for relief help, particularly from the left side.

If the southpaw makes it to the majors in New York, he would receive $825,000.