Mets re-acquire Eric Young Jr. from the Braves
The Mets have acquired some speed for the top of their organization in a familiar face.
The club has re-acquired Eric Young Jr. from the Braves for cash considerations.
Young will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.
It will be interesting to see how the Mets utilize Young down the stretch of the season. His trademark is his first-to-third speed and an ability to steal, so perhaps the Mets will promote Young when rosters expand on September 1 and utilize him as a pinch runner in efforts to try and scratch across runs late in games.
He probably wouldn’t have much of a role beyond that, especially with so many people ahead of him on the depth chart, but he’s a very valuable piece for a 40-man roster at this level in September, for sure.
Young, 30, has appeared in just 35 games for the Braves in 2015, hitting just .169/.229/.273 with three stolen bases and five RBI in 85 plate appearances.
He has spent the bulk of his season with Triple-A Gwinnett, hitting .248/.349/.312 with a homer and 27 RBI with 23 stolen bases in 26 attempts.
He was with the Mets from the middle of the 2013 season through the end of 2014, hitting .242/.310/.321 with 28 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 43 RBI with 68 stolen bases in 81 attempts in 191 games.
Young led the National League with 46 stolen bases in 2013.