Mets Acquire Eric Young, Jr.
The Mets have traded Collin McHugh to the Rockies for Eric Young, Jr.
See? Sandy Alderson TOLD YOU he was going to remake the roster.
Scary for me, considering that I played against Eric Young, Sr., in college. Geez I’m old.
Young is actually, um, old — he’s 28. I thought for sure he was closer to his mid-20s.
In any case, I see this as a decent move for the Mets. McHugh wasn’t going to help the big club, especially now with Zack Wheeler on the 25-man roster. We briefly mentioned Young in passing at the end of March when Matt Den Dekker broke his wrist. Young has speed, can play both center field and second base decently, and, well, that’s about it. Another can of paint to throw at the wall.
duda at 1st base is huge: if he can hold his ground there the mets will have some trade worthy pieces soon. Ike will be fine but it sounds like he could get well then moved. Or duda gets moved as a first baseman.
The approach that you suggest should be strongly considered. The Mets need a quality MLB bat at leadoff and cleanup. One they can buy as a FA and one will need to be traded for. Stanton would be sweet but as you suggest the price would be steep and empty the farm. I agree that an overpriced vet with a power bat would be a very good fit. Ethier does not fit my job description. Fill those two spots, add a proven late inning arm to the pen, and drop in plus defense at SS and CF, and this team can play with the Braves and Nats in 2014. The Dudas, Murphys, and even Wright would look much better with a supporting cast like that.
Probably took a bit longer to execute.
Young’s a guy who seems to pop-up on the Met radar every off-season. Will be interesting to see how they plan on utilizing him.
About the best thing we can outline is that he’s a solid base stealer, who could be valuable at a few different positions off the bench.
That’s important — and everything we should have been able to reasonably expect from a guy with, say, Valdespin’s skillset. Unfortunately, Baseball IQ – and common sense, can’t be injected into a player that isn’t wired the right way.
Otherwise, Young hasn’t done anything in his career outside of Coors, so I’m really lukewarm at best.
Other than that, I’m not lamenting the loss of McHugh. Definitely wished he’d gotten a longer look than – say – a known dud like Aaron Laffey.
But that’s how life in the Big League goes. Good luck in Colorado.
So I see Young as a guy with no downside. If he does what he has traditionally, hit .260 with a bunch of steals, then he’s a vast improvement over anyone the Mets have in the outfield now. If he crashes and burns, then he goes in the pile with Cowgill, Captain Kirk, Mike Baxter and the rest of the crew who have roamed the outfield in Citi Field this year- there is no commitment or penalty past the last out of the season for the Mets. I mean at this point, who else you got?
Valdespin: utility guy, like Bonafacio.
Next year, I would like to add Hamilton and Choo or Ellsbury or Hart. But, the Young move is probably for this year, as I cannot see a lead off hitter at any level.
Over 700 MLB at bats all with Colorado about evenly split – .300/.359/.385 versus .209/.288/.282.
Yeah, this’ll turn it all around.