With Melvin Upton Jr.’s struggles in recent years, the Braves have signed OF Eric Young Jr to a one-year deal. Young will be a familiar name to many fans, as he has played with the Mets the last couple of seasons. He’s also the player you probably remember bawling when he stepped on Tim Hudson’s ankle in 2013, ending his season and his tenure with the Braves. Young Jr.’s deal was a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring Training, but with his major league experience and Upton Jr.’s injury, Young Jr. is poised to be the starter after a hot spring in which he has hit .323. Young Jr. can challenge Upton Jr. throughout the year and has a ton of NL East experience. He also offers the Braves a ton of speed, and this is a team that hasn’t had a true leadoff hitter since Michael Bourn. Young Jr. is the son of former Major Leaguer Eric Young and is just a few years remove from a year in which he hit .316. With 30 swipes last season, I think a player like Eric Young Jr. is a valuable add to any team and I was surprised to see that the deal was a minor league pact. I think this was a nice sneaky signing by John Hart and I really like how he has explored his options this offseason.