Two years ago Eric Young, Jr. showed a lot of class by caring deeply about how he had injured Atlanta pitcher Tim Hudson. Young inadvertently stepped on Hudson on a play at first base, effectively ending Hudson's career with the Braves and damaging Atlanta's chances to do anything special in the postseason.
Now Young will wear the Atlanta uniform, as the Braves signed the soon-to-be 30-year-old Young to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp.
Young spent the past two seasons with the Mets. He hit .229 with 17 RBI and 30 stolen bases last season. Young actually led the NL in stolen bases with 46 in 2013 when he split the season between New York and Colorado.
The Braves will let the switch-hitting Young battle for a spot on the roster. He's played most of his time in left field (221 games) in his career, with games also at second base (54), center field (44) and right field (34).
Young has hit better against left-handers (.261) than against right-handers (.248) in his career, so he could battle Zolio Almonte for the chance to platoon with Jonny Gomes in left field.
The Braves now have 27 players invited to big league camp as non-roster players, with 16 being brand new to the organization.
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