Mets Interested In Eric Young Jr.

The Mets have expressed interest in Eric Young Jr. of the Rockies, according to Adam Rubin of Rubin's source indicated that the Mets may be able to obtain Young by sending Justin Turner to Colorado and that the teams continue discussing Jon Niese. However, Jon Heyman of tweets that Turner's name hasn't come up yet.

Young, 26, has a .246/.324/.295 line with 15 extra base hits in 479 career plate appearances in three stints at the Major League level as an outfielder and second baseman. The Rockies' plans at second remain unclear, but the outfield has become crowded with the recent additions of Tyler Colvin and Michael Cuddyer.

The Rockies nearly traded Young to the Mariners during the Winter Meetings, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post (on Twitter). All signs point to a trade involving Young before Spring Training, Renck reports.

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  1. Christopher Soto 4 years ago

    Young Jr. for Turner straight up?? Sure I’ll take it….no way Turner has a repeat of 2011…. He’s a AAAA player.

    • haymaker9 4 years ago

      Yeah… Turner doesn’t sound like an improvement for Colorado.  He’s actually a year olde than Young too.  If EY2 could improve defensively and get a tad better at the plate, he’d be a pretty dynamic player.  He was 27 out of 31 stealing bags last year with only a .247 average and limited playing time.

    • Not over-valuing Young Jr but I don’t think Turner alone gets the job done.

      • metsman 4 years ago

        They are both mediocre and each do a few different things well. nit picking about who is better is like distinguishing different colors of turd.  A straight up trade is fair…yet pointless. 

  2. LeoAcevedo 4 years ago

    And if he does it’ll haunt us for ever lol but id rather have young. Those legs are fast.

  3. JackPackage 4 years ago

    Eric Young Jr for Justin turner?

    Good move for the Mets… hence it won’t happen.

  4. Red_Line_9 4 years ago

    Relatively impact free move of borderline talents

  5. I think Eric Young would be a good fit for the Cubs.  He is versatile, has speed, is young, cheap.   Could steal a lot of bases over a full year and he takes pitches too.

    • AaronSomers 4 years ago

      Based on those things, Young would be a good fit for any team. 

      • John Gregory 4 years ago

        I don’t see how his base stealing and batting eye translate to the Lakers or Steelers or Blackhawks, no matter how cheap he is.

        • Ferrariman 4 years ago

          lakers could use some explosive speed, and judging by last nights game the Steelers might want to add a receiver.

    • Red_Line_9 4 years ago

      The question with Eric Young Jr. is whether he will be able to get on base to utilize his talents.  Being young and cheap isn’t necessarily an asset.

  6. bleedrockiepurple 4 years ago

    Niese isn’t going to happen, Rox aren’t going to split with big time prospects for him. 

    But how about some sort of Smith/EYJ package for Pelfrey?

    • Infield Fly 4 years ago

      If the Rox need a pitcher who can sabotage himself on cue, Pelf’s your man! 

    • Christopher Soto 4 years ago

      Lol Pelfrey in Colorado is a terrible idea….you know what happens to pitchers who’s Sinkers dont sink? They give up home runs. You know what happen to pitchers who give up home runs when they play in Colorado? Yep you guessed right, they give up MORE Home Runs lol.

      • SwingtimeInTheRockies 4 years ago

         Ah, the good old Coors Field meme…complete with horrific grammar and two lol’s.

        • Christopher Soto 4 years ago

          yep yep….but it is true. Pelfrey in Colorado would be terrible for him. Not because of the Coors Field reputation alone but because as i stated he has a sinkerball that hasnt “sunk” since mid year 2010.

  7. JacksTigers 4 years ago

    Personally, I want EY2 at second for the Tigers next year.

  8. Ricardo Elorza 4 years ago

    EY2 is the kind of player that no one who plays Fantasy Baseball is going to be able to judge properly. Ever.

    And therefore, I will leave this thread.

    • John Gregory 4 years ago

      Too bad you’re gone.  I was looking forward to the proper judgement of this player.

  9. OK, someone has to like Justin Turner better… That would be me! lol

  10. CrustyJuggler 4 years ago

    Why the heck was Seattle interested in EY Jr.?

  11. LeoAcevedo 4 years ago

    Smith / EY2 for Pelf is actually brilliant

    • mets fans like myself are dying for pelf to be traded.  if anyone is wants him, he’s yours!

      • Infield Fly 4 years ago

        I was never in love with his “potential” like so many others, but when he tripped and rolled off the mound (during a delivery!) on Opening Day of 2009…that was about it for me!

        • sheaitaintso 4 years ago

          Pelf is the most frightened player I’ve ever seen in my life…  After all the licking his fingers have taken over the years – I have no idea how he still has skin on his hands. 

          • Infield Fly 4 years ago

            That boy takes “gross” to a whole new level…kind of like his walk rate…

            Awesome handle, btw.

          • sheaitaintso 4 years ago

            Thanks – in all honesty, the Mets are better off holding onto him and hoping he puts together a decent first half (which he is capable of – provided we can raise his psychologist from the dead) and then dealing him… 

            His value will never be lower – if he can put together a decent half – there’s always teams willing to give value for starting pitching at the deadline…  Look what Seattle pulled in for Bedard.

            Going even further off-topic – still maintain we should give Beltran a look – solely for the purposes of dealing him again as well.  Be a smart way to spend some additional money (if we have any more to spend that is) – basically, be paying Beltran to bring you a prospect in July.

    • I would do that in a heartbeat

  12. diehardmets 4 years ago

    I think that trade would make sens for both sides. Turner could hit for more power at Coors, and the wide pastures of Citi would play well with EYJ’s speed. 

  13. Bernaldo 4 years ago

    Signing Michael Cuddyer should have absolutely no impact whatsoever on the Rockies problems/solutions at 2nd base.  Cuddyer is a corner outfielder who can also do a good job at 1B.  The fact that he has played 2B and 3B for a couple of games in an emergency does not make him an infielder.  Cuddyer came up an in infielder when the Twins were desperately looking for long term help at 3B and 2B but they moved him to RF because they (and he) concluded that he isn’t good enough defensively to play reguarly at either 3B and 2B.

    • jimboslice9 4 years ago

      Actually they stopped playing him at 3B because he’s partially deaf in his left ear, and had trouble playing the position where most of the field is on that side of him.  He didn’t do too horribly at 2B this year, he can definitely do more than emergency duty there.

  14. Blue387 4 years ago

    I like Young’s speed and being a switch hitter. He could be like Jose Reyes and bat lead-off while stealing bases. But he’d struggle against good pitchers like Halladay. I also don’t trust Ruben Tejada as a hitter at the MLB level.

  15. i personally think that both EY2 and Smith would be great off the bench….that being said, i would move both in a deal to acquire Niese, Jurjens, or someone of that caliber.  Moving either for another marginal player that may/may not have a designated spot on the roster would just be a wash.  not even worth messing up the clubhouse for that.

  16. BobbyJohn 4 years ago

    Young + (insert reasonable prospect or two) for Niese would make sense.

    The Rockies still need a reliable arm in the rotation more than anything at this point.

    • bigdawg68 4 years ago

      would love too see the braves trade prado for smith and e young jr…last year he got on base 78 times an hd 27 steals he plays a whole year he will steal 75 bases and tat equals runs…and the baves ave wanted a cf of e future…here ya go..oh btw i still hate seth smith

  17. Ziggy22 4 years ago

    I hope the Mets owners are as delusional as you Mets fans! EY is the worst defensive player in baseball. Take him. Please.

  18. progmatinee 4 years ago

    EYJ, Seth Smith, Alex White for Niese plus a prospect?

  19. mkorpal 4 years ago

    Wow, never thought I would see so many posts praising Eric Young Jr. in one place. The guy is a horrific player. Nice guy, but very bad at baseball. 

  20. metsman 4 years ago

    I’d like the next name mentioned in a Mets rumor to belong to a player with a batting average higher than .250…and if it’s a pitcher…an ERA below 4.50…I don’t think that’s asking too much. 

    Turner’s minor league and major league numbers are far superior; he was an RBI machine last year for quite a while. If we are going to brave Murphy at second, than Turner makes sense as a righty platoon/defensive replacement…being a year younger and some stolen bases doesn’t begin to make up for Youngs utter unimpressiveness. Pass.

  21. ericnycp 4 years ago

    That’s a terrible deal for the Mets.

  22. metsman 4 years ago

    why not throw in David Wright and Ike Davis?

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