The Atlanta Braves traded outfielder Eric Young Jr. to the Mets Saturday in exchange for cash considerations.
Young, 30, signed a minor league contract with the Braves in February. During spring training he played well enough to earn a starting position with the Braves, but then struggled and was sent to Triple-A.
Young hit .169 (13-77) for the Braves and .248 in 67 games for Triple- A Gwinnett. Young will join the Mets Triple A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s. He will likely join the Mets in September when the rosters expand to 40 players and give the team a quick pinch hitter and runner. Young has 141 stolen bases in 539 career games and had a National league high 46 in 2013 with the Rockies and Mets.
Young had a good run with the Mets from 2013-2014. In 191 games with the team he batted .242/.310/.321 and had 68 stolen bases. The Mets currently need a base running threat so Young could become a valuable bench player late in the season and hopefully the playoffs.
Mets are currently tied for 26th in the league with just 45 stolen bases. Young could quickly help this offensive weakness and add another dimension to the Mets offense.
The Mets are currently leading the National by five games in the National league East and although Eric Young Jr. won’t be a deciding factor in the Mets playoff run he is the quick and versatile player every good playoff team needs as a possible late inning pitch runner. Adding Young to recently acquired players like Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe and Yoenis Cespedes should help the team down the stretch and into the playoffs. The Mets are making the acquisitions they need this season to be a true playoff contender.