Milwaukee Brewers Agree To Deal With Eric Young Jr.
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Milwaukee Brewers Agree To Deal With Eric Young Jr.

Eric Young Jr. is headed to Milwaukee as he has signed a minor league deal with the Brewers, as according to a club announcement on Tuesday afternoon.


The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with free agent outfielder Eric Young Jr., as according to a club announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

It is said that the 30-year-old will receive an invitation to big league spring training to go alongside his contract.

There have been reports in the recent past that have indicated the two sides were nearing a deal which has now been made official.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick was first to report the agreement back on December 29. As added by Crasnick, The MVP Sports Group client will receive a $1 million salary plus incentives if he makes the big league roster.

Young spent the 2015 season with both the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets, where he slashed .153/.217/.247 in 94 Major League plate appearances. He played 35 games with Atlanta while playing 18 in New York. The Mets purchased his contract from the Las Vegas 51's on August 22. While having appeared in several games at the minor league level, his numbers were significantly better as he hit .249/.351/.315 in 307 plate appearances.

Young is not a man with much power when it comes to swinging the wood, however, when rounding the base paths he has the ability to change the game with his speed.

Looking back on the 2013 season, Young led the National League in stolen bases with a total of 46 when he split time between the Mets and Colorado Rockies. During his time at the big league stage, he has stolen 144 bases in 179 attempts.

Young is considered a very versatile player defensively, as he has spent time in the outfield and at second base.

The veteran utility player will likely compete for a bench spot, mainly being used as a pinch hitter or pinch runner.

His father, Eric Young Sr., spent the 2002-03 seasons with Milwaukee as part of his 15-year playing career, where he hit .272 with a .340 OBP, 18 home runs, 59 RBI's and 56 stolen bases.

As Tom Haudricourt of notes, the only father-son combos to play for the Brewers were Tito and Terry Francona, and Davey and Derrick May.