Right on the heels of finalizing a two-year deal with Luis Valbuena, the Angels signed Eric Young, Jr. to a minor league deal on Tuesday with an invite to the Big Club’s Spring Training. The 31-year old outfielder hits lefty, has a .246/.314/.327 career slash line, and averages 42 stolen bases every 650 plate appearances.
Young, 31, has only been a starter once in his career in 2013 with the Rockies and Mets. However, his speed on the bases and in the outfield has given him a steady career as a bench option.
In the case of the Angels, the speedster will fight for a bench spot this spring as a backup outfielder, late game defensive replacement, and pinch runner.
With Mike Trout, Kole Calhoun, Cameron Maybin, Ben Revere, and Jefry Marte already making up the outfield depth chart, Young will likely start the season in AAA. But there’s a good chance Angels fans will see him get his playing time in 2017.