Young, who was acquired from the Rockies last season for Collin McHugh, made $492,000 in 2013.
The 28 year old hit .251 with a .318 OBP, 18 doubles, 4 triples, and 38 steals in 418 plate appearances with the Mets last season.
Eric Young, Jr. should absolutely be a part of the club next year, but he’s best suited as a fourth outfielder.
The Mets need a leadoff hitter, but just because Young is speedy, it doesn’t mean the role should default to him. Young is a sparkplug when he’s on base, but he isn’t on base often enough.
Aside from the fact that Young doesn’t get on base enough, is the fact that his outfield defense is average at best. He gets poor breaks on fly balls, and his arm is poor.
If Young is a starter for the Mets in 2014, it will be at the expense of Juan Lagares, who is one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball.
The gap between Young’s offense and Lagares’ offense isn’t nearly large enough to make up for what the Mets would be sacrificing on defense if Young played over Lagares.