In a move that had been expected, the Mets non-tendered speedy, switch-hitting outfielder Eric Young Jr. before yesterday's deadline.
Young, who was eligible for arbitration, had been projected to make more than $2 million. But he emerged as a non-tender candidate because the Mets already have cheaper alternatives to fill a bench role, such as Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Matt den Dekker.
Young hit just .229 in 100 games as a reserve outfielder.
Arbitration-eligible shortstop Ruben Tejada had also been a non-tender possibility after hitting .237 and losing his starting job to Wilmer Flores. But Tejada's projected salary of roughly $1.5 million is in line with what comparable reserve infielders would command in the market.
Young, 29, has seen his playing time diminish since providing an initial spark after joining the Mets. The son of a former big leaguer, Young first arrived from the Rockies in June 2013 in a trade for pitcher Collin McHugh. Splitting the season with two clubs, Young led the National League with 46 stolen bases. However, he managed just a .310 on-base percentage.
Last year, Young stole 30 bases but posted a .299 on-base percentage.
Rogers signs, Heathcott non-tendered. The Yankees reportedly avoided arbitration with a non-tender candidate, reliever Esmil Rogers. According to CBSSports.com, Rogers agreed to a guaranteed contract of $700,000.
Former first-rounder Slade Heathcott was among three players that the Yankees non-tendered before the deadline, according to a source. The team also elected not to offer contracts to pitchers Jose Campos and David Huff.
Heathcott, 24, was chosen 29th overall in 2009. But the outfielder has battled injuries ever since.
Campos, 21, was part of the Michael Pineda trade. But he underwent Tommy John surgery in April. Huff was arbitration eligible.
Hunter rejoins Twins.A person familiar with the negotiations said free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter, 39, has agreed to a one-year, $10.5-million contract to return to the Twins.-- AP