Mets acquire Eric Young Jr. for Collin McHugh

Eric Young 1 polaroidThe Mets have acquired OF Eric Young Jr. from the Rockies in exchange for Triple-A RHP Collin McHugh, according to team spokesman Jay Horwitz on Twitter.

“I’m excited to now be apart of the Mets family,” Young said in a tweet, after the deal was announced. “I can’t wait to meet/play with my new teammates, and play in NY!”

McHugh and Young were both designated for assignment by their respective teams last week.

Young, 28, hit .242 with a .290 OBP in 57 games for the Rockies. He hit one home run, scored 22 times and stole eight bases (on 12 attempts). He is a career .261 hitter with a .369 OBP in 313 games.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

For whatever reason, Sandy Alderson and his staff have talked about acquiring Young each of the last two winters, according to people familiar with the team’s thinking. I like him, as well. The Rockies had started using him as more of a super utility guy this season, though he’ll probably immediately slot in to center field and hit leadoff for the Mets. Young looks like a young Luis Castillo, to me. Seriously, he has a similar crouch, he slaps at the ball, he controls the bat well, he’s quick, he hustles, he bunts well and he’s a very smart base runner. The problem is, he swings at everything and is often late on fastballs. He had a nice, but brief 2012, but he is still all legs with very little power. In either case, he’s 28, under contract and earning the league minimum with a ton of potential. So, though he’s hardly a savior by any means, he’s a good guy to have in the mix.

As for McHugh, he is a nice pitcher, but he was never going to be great. He gave up too many home runs off fly-balls during his time with the Mets… in a pitcher’s park. So, a move to the Rockies will be interesting for him. He was designated for assignment to make room for Carlos Torres, who could have opted to leave as a free agent last week had the Mets not added him to the 25-man roster. The Mets chose Torres over McHugh, who was essentially traded off waivers. This usually means a team was going to claim him, but we’ll never really know…