Braves sign Mets castoff Eric Young Jr.

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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.