In the wake of trading John Buck and Marlon Byrd to the Pirates, the Mets added Triple-A OF Matt den Dekker, C Anthony Recker and LHP Robert Carson to their 25-man roster before Tuesday’s game.
The Mets also put Matt Harvey on the 15-day disabled list with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow.
Den Dekker, 26, was hitting .296 with eight doubles, four triples, six HR and 38 RBI in 53 games for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I’m most excited to see den Dekker. In past Spring Trainings, he – not Juan Lagares – was the guy scouts and insiders praised when talking about outfield defense. However, he got hurt, Lagares was promoted and emerged as a legit, everyday option in center field because of his amazing arm and fielding. I joked on Twitter once that Lagares and den Dekker should be charged with playing the entire outfield, while giving Terry Collins the chance to use an extra infielder between second base and shortstop… that’s how good they are supposed to be in the field.
The problem is that den Dekker has never projected to be much of a hitter, much like Lagares. So, it will fun to watch these two battle it out, Spring Training style, to see who is a bigger part of the conversation this winter and into next Spring. I don’t think they can both be on the roster next season. The Mets don’t have enough offensive production to justify carrying two light-hitting, defensive outfielders. We’ll see if one steps up and hits, while continuing to flash leather, or maybe they both will. Then who knows what happens…
To see a Mets Minor League Report on den Dekker from last summer, watch this video on SNY.TV.