The New York Mets have designated Chris Young for assignment following their 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies, and no offense to the outfielder, but it was long overdue. It’s a shame that it didn’t work out for Young in New York because I really did think he would have a decent year since he was given an extended role but that just wasn’t the case. This move had to come now, he was taking away at-bats from younger guys who deserve a shot with this team.
Sometimes it just doesn’t work, and that’s what happened here. Batting .205 as a starting outfielder just isn’t going to cut it, and Young’s defense was nowhere near what I expected it to be. Even his power was nonexistent. I hope for Young’s sake that he can land somewhere as a fourth outfielder and try to figure out his game, because it just wasn’t working in New York.
The corresponding move the Mets made was recalling speedy outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas. It is about time the Mets recalled den Dekker, because the guy has put together a fantastic year on the minor league level and is leading the Pacific Coast League in batting with a .334 average. He has hit 31 doubles, eight home runs and has driven in 46 runs. Not to mention he was batting .457 over his last 10 games, so I’d say he opened up some eyes in the front office.
Now with Young out of the picture, I hope they let den Dekker go out and play an extended period of time out in left field. He has hit over his minor league career but it has taken time for him to get adjusted at each level. We have saw den Dekker late last year and once this year for the Mets and he didn’t hit all that much, so hopefully this time around he can find a groove at the plate.
What we do know is that den Dekker may be as good of a defensive outfielder as Juan Lagares which is crazy to think about having those two guys roam the same outfield. We have already seen what den Dekker can do on defense; this year he made one of the plays of the year in his short time with the Mets robbing Phillies’ Ryan Howard of a home run in center field.
The move to part ways with Chris Young is just how this game works, it is a business and for a veteran player it comes down to what have you done for me lately. Young quite frankly hasn’t done all that much in recent history. It’s a shame that it had to end this way in New York for Young but I’m sorry this move just had to happen; he couldn’t take up a roster spot on this team any longer.
It’s unfortunate, but it was already getting dragged out at this point. With Young now gone, the Mets can find out what they have internally in left field. I believe we will see den Dekker get a bulk of that playing time but expect Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Eric Young Jr. and Eric Campbell to see time out there as well.