Atlanta Braves general manager John Hart continues to make a flurry of moves this offseason. The Braves and utility-man Eric Young, Jr. have agreed to a minor league contract, tweets Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) February 13, 2015
Young was non-tendered by the Mets in early December, after spending most of 2013 and all of 2014 in a New York uniform. He also spent over four years with the Colorado Rockies.
The 2013 National League stolen base champion has a strong shot at making Atlanta’s roster. The Braves partially new-look outfield features Johnny Gomes, B.J. Upton and Nick Markakis. All three have concerns whether it is injury (Markakis) or just ability (Gomes and Upton). Young will likely compete with Zoilo Almonte for the fourth outfielder job, though the former Met can play second base too, further supporting his cause to make the roster.
Eric Young Jr., 29, has a career .252/.320/.332 slash line in parts of six major league seasons. He brings speed to the base paths (76 combined steals the past two years), but almost nothing in the power department (8 career home runs).