Sep 10, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. (22) singles to center advancing a man during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
1.Outfielder Eric Young Jr
Young,29, played in 100 games for the Mets in 2014, hit .229 with one home run and 17 RBIs, resulting in an unimpressive slash of line of .229/.299/.311. But perhaps most importantly, he stole 30 bases. In fact, Young, stole 138 bases in six Major League seasons, and lead the National League with 46 in 2013.What Young could give the Padres is flexibility. He can play all three spots in the outfield as well as second, short and third.
Padres Outlook: Two of teams’ current outfielders, Will Venable and Cameron Maybin, are average Triple-A players a best. Maybe good players at Double-A. Regardless, since I know the Padres will keep Venable and Maybin on the opening day roster, Eric Young could make a nice impact defensively and on the bases as a fourth or fifth outfielder, and with the loss of Cabrera, provide some spark at the leadoff spot.