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Mets talking to Rockies about Eric Young Jr.

Dec 20, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York the Mets “have expressed interest” in Rockies utility man Eric Young Jr.

Rubin notes that the two teams have had talks regarding Jon Niese, but indicates that the Young discussions may be unrelated and quotes a source as saying that the Mets may be able to get him for second baseman Justin Turner.

Young has very little power and hasn’t hit in the majors yet, but the 27-year-old switch-hitter batted .309 with a .399 on-base percentage and 85 steals in 210 games at Triple-A. It’s unclear where he fits defensively long term, but if things break right for Young he profiles as a potential leadoff man with solid on-base skills and 50-steal speed.

Turner, who was claimed off waivers from the Orioles in May of 2010, hit .260 with four homers and a .690 OPS in 117 games for the Mets while seeing action at second base and third base.

  1. dtownpayne - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    “Young has very little power and hasn’t hit in the majors yet…” Um 198 Major League at bats in 2011 and 427 on his career, not quite sure where you heard he hadn’t taken a Major League at bat yet but you’re off base on that one…

    • purnellmeagrejr - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:58 PM

      He was speaking Baseball vernacular – the sentence means that he hasn’t been successful in his opportunities in the major leagues – not that he hasn’t had any at bats.

      • dtownpayne - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:52 PM

        Gotcha, didn’t catch that, thanks peeps!

  2. alang3131982 - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    I’m pretty sure Aaron meant he hadnt hit successfully at the majors yet…

    Also, i’m not sure he’ll ever got on base in the majors…

  3. Aaron Gleeman - Dec 20, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    “Young has very little power and hasn’t hit in the majors yet…” Um 198 Major League at bats in 2011 and 427 on his career, not quite sure where you heard he hadn’t taken a Major League at bat yet but you’re off base on that one…

    Hasn’t hit, as in hasn’t been productive. I’m aware of his statistics.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Dec 20, 2011 at 2:00 PM

      good thing you didn’t say he was “up for a cup of coffee”

    • gnyj85 - Dec 21, 2011 at 3:12 PM

      I call BS!! Sounds like he has never hit in the bigs!

  4. tuloisgod - Dec 20, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    EY is an exciting player — both good and bad. He’ll leg out an infield hit, steal second and then get picked off. Or he’ll make a spectacular diving catch and in the same inning hit the cutoff man on seven hops. I like his spark, but sometimes the electricity can zap the wrong things.

  5. adenzeno - Dec 20, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Not that I believe this is a true rumor(is that an oxynoron), but deals like this are why the Mets are so bad- They will sign the type of guy that LOOKS like a leadoff hitter/middle inf type and then find out he is really not very good….Turner has some power, which will theoretically be increased by the new park dimensions. This makes little sense to me, but what do I know….

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