PHILADELPHIA -- The Mets are considering releasing Chris Young and promoting Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas soon rather than waiting until rosters expand on Sept. 1 and carrying both players, sources told ESPNNewYork.com.
C. Young It's unresolved whether the Mets actually will pull the trigger, but it is being debated.
Regardless, there is a legitimate desire to promote den Dekker. Den Dekker's .334 average leads the Pacific Coast League. Assistant GM John Ricco on Friday complimented den Dekker's reduced strikeout rate this season (64 Ks in 332 Triple-A at-bats).
Once den Dekker is promoted, the Mets plan to give him a good look in left field -- not let him wilt on the bench. At that point, Kirk Nieuwenhuis would recede to more of a pinch-hitting/bench role. Nieuwenhuis for the time being will be the one getting the serious look in left field at the expense of Young.
"We've talked a lot about the way Matt's been playing," Ricco said. "We talk to these guys who go up and down, and we say go down and play well and you'll get your shot. Well, he's been doing that. Obviously he's right at the top of the league in hitting. ... We're not doing anything right now, but he definitely has played his way into the conversation of, 'Let's give this guy a chance and see what he can do.'"
Young (.205/.283/.346) is only signed through the end of this season. He has roughly $2 million left on his $7.25 million contract.