For the second time in his career Eric Young Jr. is heading back to the New York Mets organization.
By Robby Sabo
If there’s one area this New York Mets 25-man roster is sorely in need of, it’s speed. There’s not one Met who’s capable of stealing a base on a minute’s notice.
Due to the team heading down the stretch – and eventually needing some speed during these tight pennant race games – Sandy Alderson has gone out and acquired speedster Eric Young Jr. from the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations.
This will be Young’s second stint with the organization (2013-14). In 78 at-bats with Atlanta in 2015, Young has put up a miserable .175 average with three runs, seven runs batted in, and three stolen bases.
The one issue here will clearly come down to Young’s role. With David Wright on the mend, Alderson will already have a tough time deciding who’ll be sent down to Triple-A.
Luckily though, rosters are expanding to 40-men in a little over a week and Young will be heavily utilized on the base-paths as a pinch-runner.
For now though, he’ll report to Triple-A Las Vegas.
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