DENVER -- With an eye toward the pennant race and perhaps even October, the Mets re-acquired outfielder Eric Young Jr. from the Braves on Saturday for cash considerations. Young will report to Triple-A Las Vegas for now, but the Mets plan to discuss making him a September callup.
Because the Mets struck a deal for Young before Sept. 1, he will be eligible for their playoff roster regardless.
Young, 30, hit .169 with three stolen bases in 35 games for the Braves. He led the National League with 46 steals split between the Mets and Rockies in 2013, playing one season in New York after that.
"[Young] knew his role, and he got ready to play," manager Terry Collins said. "Every day he came with a smile on his face and did his job, and played as hard as anybody. We won games. He was pretty valuable two years ago when he led the league in stolen bases. This guy was a huge piece of our lineup for a while. Tremendous guy in the clubhouse. [He] will get ready to play and do whatever you ask him to do. I think it was a great move, because he's well-liked here."
Among the Mets, Young's skill set is unique. Curtis Granderson currently leads the team with 10 stolen bases, while only one other member of the active roster has more than four. Players such as Young tend to take on increased value late in the season, when every run is critical.
"It's a dimension we don't have," Collins said. "It would be very important for us to have a guy like that."
"He's a guy we know pretty well," assistant general manager John Ricco added. "He brings a different dimension to the game, certainly, with his speed and his versatility."
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