Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 10/21/14
The New York Mets finalized their deal with free agent Shaun Marcum last week. Prior to that, they had been kicking the tires on re-signing Chris Young. While that may still be an option, it now appears unlikely. On the surface, it may seem that Marcum is easily an upgrade over Young, but if you look deeper into the stats, you see just how close they really are. Here’s a tale of the tape. By age: Marcum seemingly holds an advantage. He turned 31 in December while Young will be 34 in May. But with age comes experience. Marcum has seven years pitching in the Majors and he has missed an entire season due to injury. More on that later. Young has nine seasons in the big leagues, but has missed nearly two full seasons with injuries. Advantage: Marcum By physical tools: Young is 6′ 10″ and hides the ball very well in his lanky frame. He relies primarily on prowess to strike batters out. His fastball reaches in the mid-80′s on average when healthy. He is a pitcher that relies heavily on f...
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