Following Friday night’s win in Philadelphia, the Mets designated outfielder Chris Young for assignment and recalled outfielder Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas. Young was batting just .205 on the season, with a paltry .629 OPS in 254 at-bats. FanGraphs estimates Young was below replacement level, with a -0.4 WAR.
Young was signed to a one-year deal worth $7.25 million last November. GM Sandy Alderson saw Young as a potential everyday left fielder, as well as an insurance policy in case center fielder Juan Lagares did not develop into a viable offensive player. Following a very strong spring training, Young suffered a quadriceps injury that forced him onto the disabled list in April. It was all downhill from there, as Young never put together any form of consistent production.
To replace Young, the Mets have promoted Matt den Dekker. The young outfielder has proven to have an excellent glove, but he has yet to contribute offensively at the big league level. He will likely get the bulk of the playing time in left field, hoping to translate his Pacific Coast League-leading .334 batting average to Major League success.
These moves are very telling of the Mets outlook toward the rest of the season. Prior to Friday’s game, they announced shortstop Wilmer Flores would get more playing time moving forward. This is yet another move that shows the front office is looking to evaluate young talent for the future.