Mets acquire Eric Young Jr. from Rockies for Collin McHugh

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It seemed likely that Colorado could find a taker for Eric Young Jr. after designating him for assignment last week and sure enough the Rockies traded the utility man to the Mets for right-hander Collin McHugh.

Young is far from an impact player, but as a switch-hitter with defensive versatility and blazing speed he’s plenty useful in a bench role and may even get a look in center field for the Mets.

McHugh has struggled in brief stints with the Mets and at 26 years old doesn’t have much upside, but he’s got a pretty solid track record in the minors and could be a decent back-of-the-rotation starter at some point. For now the Rockies have optioned him to Double-A, where McHugh has a 2.68 ERA in 168 career innings.