2013 National League stolen base leader Eric Young Jr. has been reunited with the Mets organization, being traded away by the Braves for cash considerations. The Mets have assigned him to Triple-A Las Vegas.
After a somewhat productive stint with the Mets, Eric Young Jr. was not tendered a contract by New York following the 2014 season and became a free agent. He struggled to find work, ultimately settling for a minor league deal for the Atlanta Braves in February 2015. Young broke out of camp with the major league team, racking up 80 plate appearances and batting .169 as a part time player before being demoted to Triple-A Gwinnett.
I like the idea of bringing back Young, especially at no cost to the farm system. The immediate effect helping a struggling Las Vegas team in the middle of a pennant race, the long-term effect being a speed demon being able to come off the bench for the Mets once September call-ups occur. I think it’s a wonderful idea to bring him on to a team in contention, as his speed and personality can certainly put a spark into this team. He also gives GM Sandy Alderson and Manager Terry Collins an attractive option to Michael Conforto, who could definitely use more seasoning in the minor leagues.