The Atlanta Braves haven't been shy in handing out minor league deals to veteran free agents. Young Jr. could potentially challenge for a spot on the opening day roster and could compete with Zolio Almonte for the left handed spot in a left field platoon with Jonny Gomes.
What makes this move a bit interesting is that Eric Young could definitely prove to be a somewhat useful player for the Braves. While Young is absolutely not a good hitter (he's a career .252/.320/.332 hitter with .294 wOBA, 77 wRC+, and only 8 HRs), he's got loads of speed (stole 46 bases in 2013 and 30 last season) and is a positive defender in the outfield (had 5 DRS and 8.8 UZR last season).
Friday was "truck day" around the Major Leagues as teams packed up to head south for Spring Training. Braves pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on February 20 with the first workout scheduled for the 21st. The first full squad workout is set for February 26.
Braves minor league hitting coordinator Ronnie Ortegon resigned on Friday due to personal reasons. He spent just one year with the Braves and the search for his replacement began immediately.
Second baseman Jose Peraza and pitcher Foltynewicz head to spring training for the Braves with the thoughts of pushing for a spot on the team's opening day roster. Both could use a bit more seasoning in the minors but both lead an interesting group of prospects that will be looking to turn heads once workouts begin.
SB Nation's Grant Brisbee takes a look at the 300-strikeout season of Randy Johnson and wonders out loud if we will ever see another in Major League Baseball.
No date has been released but the Yankees will reportedly retire Andy Pettitte's number 46 and honor him with a plaque in the team's monument park.