After spending two seasons with the Mets from 2013-2014, Eric Young Jr. is back in Queens as the Braves traded him on Saturday for cash considerations. General Manager Sandy Alderson has often expressed his desire to improve the Mets team speed and Young fits the bill. Young stole 23 bases between Atlanta’s big league club and its Triple-A affiliate.
Earlier this month, New York’s front office debated calling up minor league speedster Wilfredo Tovar, who led Triple-A with 30 stolen bases. In 191 games with the Amazin’s Young posted a .245 average and 68 stolen bases in two seasons. A legitimate threat on the base-paths and positive presence in the locker room, Young’s reunion couldn’t come at a better time for a ballclub in search of clinching its first postseason berth since 2006.
While Young’s acquisition will help invigorate the fan base, the injury news regarding Lucas Duda’s back was less encouraging as he has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. During Friday night’s 14-9 win over the Colorado Rockies, Duda’s back locked up on him forcing him to leave the contest early. The Mets first baseman has been battling back issues the past two weeks, and with him on the shelf the Amazin’s called-up pitcher Dario Alvarez.