Mets Sign Right-Handed Pitcher Chris Young, Outfielder Scott Hairston

Former All-Star pitcher Chris Young signed a one-year contract with the New York Mets after missing parts of the past three seasons with arm injuries.

The Mets also signed free-agent outfielder Scott Hairston to a one-year contract, the team said in separate news releases. Financial terms of the contracts weren’t disclosed.

Young, 31, went 2-0 with a 0.90 earned run average in four starts last season for the San Diego Padres. He earned a win April 6 before being sidelined by tightness in his surgically repaired shoulder, returning to make three September starts. The 6-foot-10 right-hander had arthroscopic surgery on his pitching shoulder on Aug. 17, 2009.

“Chris has the potential to make a big contribution this year,” Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, who was the Padres’ chief executive officer, said in a statement. “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, a Princeton University graduate, has a 48-34 record with a 3.80 ERA in 135 starts for the Padres and Texas Rangers. He was an All-Star in 2007.

Hairston, 30, also played for San Diego last season, batting .210 with 10 home runs, 36 runs batted in and 10 doubles. In seven Major League Baseball seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Padres and Oakland Athletics, he has a .245 batting average and 68 homers.

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