Mar 18, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets center fielder Matt den Dekker (68) at bat against the St. Louis Cardinals during a spring training game at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Carson, Anthony Recker, Matt den Dekker to New York

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, citing a source, the Mets are flying Robert Carson, Anthony Recker, and Matt den Dekker from AAA Las Vegas to New York.

As Rubin points out, Carson is likely being called up to take Matt Harvey‘s spot on the roster.  As far as Recker and den Dekker? That’s a bit more complicated.

Rubin speculates that there could be a trade or two brewing, which could open up one or more spots on the roster.

With rosters expanding in five days, the idea of a trade or multiple imminent trades makes sense.  If no one on the roster was being moved, the Mets could simply wait until September 1st to promote Recker and den Dekker.  According to Rubin’s report, both Recker and den Dekker will be in New York in the event the trade or trades of players on the 25-man roster are consummated.

Both Recker and Carson were with the Mets earlier this season, and both struggled before being demoted to AAA Las Vegas.  Carson’s demotion was a matter of performance, and Recker was sent down temporarily in order for the Mets to keep Travis d’Arnaud on the roster when John Buck returned from paternity leave.

Matt den Dekker, 26, would be making his big league debut.  The lefty hitting center fielder turned heads during spring training with his tremendous defense, but broke his wrist toward the end of March.  He’s always been pegged as a September callup, and he likely would’ve been up sooner if not for the wrist injury.  In 53 games for AAA Las Vegas, den Dekker hit .302 with a .371 OBP, 6 homers, 38 RBI’s, and 34 runs scored.


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  • Ken Meoni

    den Dekker is up because Byrd has been claimed by an unknown team while being placed on waivers. Recker is up because Buck has been placed on waivers. Carson is up because Feliciano has been placed on waivers. It is expected that at least one trade will be made by the end of August.

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  • Joe_JP

    It’s nice to have Byrd but since we want to play Lagares, we need a slot for den Dekker. So, that makes sense. Buck also might get you something since vet back-up catchers are usually needed somewhere. Feliciano has no future here and the team managed most of the year w/o him.