Braves sign OF Young Jr. to minor league deal

Atlanta, GA ( - The Atlanta Braves have signed outfielder Eric Young Jr. to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The 29-year-old Young stole 30 bases in a part-time role last year with the New York Mets, but he batted just .229 with a .299 on-base percentage.

In 2013 with the Mets, Young gained some notoriety in Atlanta when he accidentally stepped on former Braves ace Tim Hudson's ankle on a play at first base, ending his season.

Young, a switch hitter, is a career .252 hitter with a .320 on-base percentage in six seasons with the Mets and Colorado Rockies. He led the National League with 46 steals in 2013 and has stolen 138 bases in his career in 171 attempts, good for an 80.7 percentage.

Young has also seen limited action at second base.