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Mets sign Eric Young Jr. to one-year deal, avoiding arbitration

The Mets signed Eric Young Jr. to a one-year, $1.85 million deal (Sherman).

The Mets traded for the 28-year-old during the 2013 season, and he played 91 games for the Mets in 2013, hitting .251 with a .318 OBP. Young, 2013′s NL stolen base leader,  had 38 steals with the Mets and eight with the Rockies.

EY Jr. will likely see time in center field next season, either starting, or spelling the young Juan Lagares. He could also see time at both corner positions or at second base, as need be.

Young made $490,000 in 2013 and was projected to make $1.9 million through arbitration (MLBTR).


The Mets have now inked Ruben Tejada, Ike Davis and Young, avoiding arbitration with them. Lucas Duda, Dillon Gee, Bobby Parnell and Daniel Murphy still need to come to terms before the Friday deadline. More info here.

43 comments
dreamer3kx
dreamer3kx

Fan of EY, very good at stealing bases, will be useful to this team unlike Tejada.

Sidd
Sidd

Grandy and CY will get days off to keep them fresh.  EYJ will see playing time, most likely, at both corner positions.  Think of him as the new Endy or Timo, PLUS, he can play in the infield, pinch hit, and pinch run.  He is a valuable addition.  Local guy, too.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

With Lagares, CY and Grandy on the team there's no way EY should see any time in CF this season. I think there's a better chance MDD gets more time in CF than EY does.

Rob Lane
Rob Lane

Now that's one of the more creative ideas I've heard...

Chris
Chris

This is admittedly a VERY nitpicky correction I'm making, but Eric Young Jr made $492,000 (per Cot's) in 2013. This will be a distinction without a difference for 99.9% of fans. Carry on.

Bob Burket
Bob Burket

I like EY. Big increase in pay for both him and Ike. Wish I could get raises at my job that would compare to those.  EY =377% increase   and Ike =16.7% increase. I am in the wrong line of work. Oh to be an athlete with even marginal talent in todays world. SMH

Ray Palinkas Sr
Ray Palinkas Sr

They should give EYJ a shot at shortstop. If Murphy could be made into a decent second baseman EYJ would do ok at shortstop. Might resolve the SS issue.

vipregan
vipregan

The Mets are the kings of one year contracts!

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

When are we getting a notification system so we can actually hold proper discussions on this site?

babyface
babyface

can we all just get a grip here? CF? what are you guys smoking? no way any sane manager lets EYJr anywhere near CF. That's for Chris Young and Lagares (my choice) to fight over. Let EY spell Murph once a week at 2B, and Grandy 2x per week.

Steve Scanlan
Steve Scanlan

You can't say No to a player that blossomed into the premier base stealer in the league after being neglected in Colorado. To those who say that he's not worth the scratch;  who has the ability to steal a base besides David Wright (sometimes) on this team? Not Duda, Not Davis. Not Tejada.  Granderson?  I think he'll be playing much more time than the injured 'old guys'.

C Nerrie
C Nerrie

I like having Eric "Spark Plug" Young on the team. Hope they can find a good way to fit him in.

bklnduke
bklnduke

Pinch runner and 5th outfielder for 1.8 mil?.....I'm in the wrong business

hlow24
hlow24

who even wrote this post?  Why would EY Jr. play CF?  He is NOT even a very good outfielder, and definitely not a good CF'er.  But in his playing history, he's mainly been a LF'er.  So no he's not likely to see time as a CF'er.  What is more likely is if Lagares doesn't work out as the CF'er (due to his play at the plate).  Chris Young would move to CF (where's he actually very good) and EY Jr. would play left.  

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Which analyst wrote he may start in CF over Lagares? EYJ was one of the worst batters in all of baseball last year outside of the steals. His D barely holds in LF, it'd be just bad in CF.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@sydd If CY performs the way he has in recent years they are going to be left with no choice but to have EY play more often.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Bob BurketI wouldn't say marginal talent. Marginonal when you compare them to the 800 MILB players (25 guys per 32 teams) or the 2,400 including minor leaguers. 


When compared to the 313.9 milliion US citizens, they are the top .000255% of the best talents in baseball (800 MLB players) and .000765% including minor leaguers. 


They aren't marginally talented, they are super talented. Only marginally talented when compared to other supremely talented baseball players.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@babyface Thing is CY, EYjr and Lagares all have question marks surrounding whether they can hit enough to stay in the lineup.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Steve Scanlan Stolen bases don't matter.  In 2013 the Cardinals were dead last in the NL in stolen bases with 45 total for the team, yet they are the NL Champions.  Stolen bases are great for fantasy leagues but they don't really correlate to winning in real life.

zoddie
zoddie

4th outfielder, probably. And EY is better at his job than you are at yours.

mets2014
mets2014

@hlow24 you realize that e young was a gold glove candidate in 2013, so I guess that would make him a very good outfielder.  I agree with you in that he will not be the CF, but rather LF.  With the two youngs and granderson the mets will have one of the better defensive OF in 2014

hlow24
hlow24

additionally, stolen bases mean nothing in today's game, simply is not a very valuable commodity, which is obvious based off the fact that a guy who only stole 46 bases is the leader in the NL.  Our thinking needs to adapt, take a look at the Cardinals.  They have a guy batting lead off who doesn't run at all. 

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

U obv didn't watch any mets games last year, ey was terrific in left last year. I

Don't want him to start or anything he's a great 4th outfielder but u jus made that up he's not a good outfielder

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Hodges14@syddOr hopefully Puello is pounding the ball in AAA and you can turn to him instead of a 600 OPS player with 2 positive skill sets (Plus defense in LF and Speed) like EYJ.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@Hodges14@Steve ScanlanIts a frustrating thing that always pops up. Steals aren't important. It's like saying on the "oh the mets don't have a good Sacrifice bunter".


There is no evidence of correlation to actual on field winning. I believe 2 of the top teams in baseball were in the bottom 3 Cards and Det. Boston was in the top 5. The rest were scattered around.


The real thing that gets me annoyed is the only look at the 46 steals. not the 11 caught. So for every 5 bases he tries to steal he gets caught one time. I'd rather him have 30 SB and 0 Caught then 46 and 11.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@zoddieHey how do you know he's not in the top .000255% of all the people who do his job. I mean that's how good any MLB player is. They are in the top .000255% of all Americans at playing baseball.

Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly

@mets2014@hlow24Gold glove is an AWFUL indicator of actual good defenders. 


And last year if he was nominated it was for play in LF not CF.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@hlow24 Exactly... the top 4 teams in the NL in stolen bases last year were Milwaukee, San Diego, the Mets, and Colorado.  All 4 were terrible teams.  Stolen bases don't matter.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Mark Kelly Anything over 70% is good but it just doesn't seem to matter.  The top 4 teams last year in the NL in stolen bases were Milwaukee, San Diego, the Mets, and Colorado. All 4 were terrible teams.  Pitch, hit for power, get on base, play good defense are all way more important. 

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Mark Kelly @mets2014 @hlow24 He also has no arm at all. Other team's 3rd base coaches had the windmill going everytime the ball was hit to EYjr.  He was DFA'd from the Rockies for a reason.  He might have some value coming off the bench but if you have to start him everyday his warts begin to show fairly quickly.