Eric Young Jr., who was non-tendered by the Mets in December, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Braves that includes an invitation to spring training.
Young is very fast and offers some defensive versatility, but realistically he’s ill-suited for any position other than an outfield corner and a career .653 OPS doesn’t really fit there very well.
Young is a switch-hitter, so the Braves could look to platoon him with the right-handed-hitting Jonny Gomes in left field. Or they could keep him in a true bench role, for pinch-hitting and pinch-running.
In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June 1.
Several teams are doing the right thing, continuing to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through at least the end of June. Per The Athletic’s Levi Weaver and James Fegan, the Rangers and White Sox will each tack on another month of pay. The Athletic’s Dennis Lin reported earlier that the Padres will pay their players through the end of August. Craig also cited a Baseball America report from this morning, which mentioned that the Marlins will also pay their players through the end of August.
Frankly, if the Marlins can find a way to continue paying their minor league players, then every team should be able to do the same. The Marlins are widely believed to be the least profitable among the 30 major league clubs. Here’s hoping the rest of the league follows the Rangers’, White Sox’s, Padres’, and Marlins’ lead as opposed to the Athletics’.