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Mets DFA Chris Young, den Dekker promoted

The Mets have designated Chris Young for assignment and will promote Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas, Terry Collins said after the game on Friday.

Young hit .205 with a .283 OBP this season after signing a one-year, $7.25 million deal in the offseason.

Den Dekker is hitting .331 with a .403 OBP with the Las Vegas 51s this season.

“I have not concluded that this is a step back from competition,” Sandy Alderson told reporters, insisting this was not another ‘youth movement.’  “We made changes in the bullpen in May and some may have viewed it as a step back in competition. I didn’t view it that way.  I think the way we viewed it was if we are going to compete, this has to work a little bit differently… I view this the same way. There is upside potential here and we have to see if it is there.”

Young talked  in the clubhouse after he was designated for assignment and was surprised of the move.

“It caught me off guard,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting it. I understood the playing time has changed, I realized that.  I didn’t realize this was coming. The team has to do what is best for the team and I respect that.




709 comments
Maureen Remy
Maureen Remy

We all gave him a shot but it's about time.

Tom Van Houten
Tom Van Houten

What a waste of 8 mil. How the hell do you sign a guy who hit 220 last year?

Christopher Baez
Christopher Baez

why he is batting over 200 now LOL what a was should have signed Nelson Cruz for the same money almost and had a monster bat. Only the All Things Mets

Roger Welch
Roger Welch

Alderson let's Marlon Byrd walk because he thinks Young can turn it around....BRILLIANT!

Daniel Burnard
Daniel Burnard

How do you feel bad for him. He stole 8 million dollars and didn't show up offensively or with defense. He didn't do his job and he got canned but unlike most of us we don't get to walk away with millions for failing.  Lets talk about real peoples problems.

Patrick Safuto
Patrick Safuto

Ok,Play like crap,Hit .205,get let go and still collect whats left of 7.1 million. Sounds nice to me.Oh I forgot,sign with the As and win the world series !!

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

Finally! However, I do actually feel bad for CY. He has been a class act since coming here and his comments after his release prove that. This was the right move for the Mets so I don't really understand what Sandy is talking about with his "step back in competition'. I see this as a step up in competition. Perhaps he was just saying that to make CY feel better? Sarcasm in that last sentence... Lastly, I think many of you should be a little kinder to CY. He may have played poorly but he certainly does not deserve same kind of treatment as Bobby Bonilla. 

John Kaniuk
John Kaniuk

I am going to buy his JERSEY used in the METS shop next year when it will go for about $150 and not washed. What a bum! Nice signing.

stage52
stage52

What CY did not say in his after game interviews was that he sucked and deserved this much sooner than this but he did not say anything  bad about  the Mets  and the decision that they had made.  That was a whole lot better than  some reliever said when he was released.

John Kranzley
John Kranzley

At what point will we look at stats when deciding who to play?

Kirk: .811 OPS

MDD: .424 OPS

Why so quick to annoint MDD the starter?

hashburry
hashburry

I would love it if the Wilpons sold the Mets, maybe to Mark Cuban, and they could keep control of the Cyclones so Jeff had a toy and could continue to pretend to know something about baseball.

Patricia Forrestall Dinio
Patricia Forrestall Dinio

i feel bad it didn't work out, not just because of the money that we spent... he seemed like a decent guy, and stood at his locker afterwards and answered tough questions, at a difficult time with class. i know that people will say he should have to stand there and take it for what we paid him and have to answer for his lack of results, but i don't think everyone would have done that. i hope he finds success somewhere - just not against us. that being said lets give the young guys a chance and LGM!!! :)

hashburry
hashburry

So when Den Decker is hitting .200 in a month and Castillo is pulling off a Puig in the Bronx and leading the Yankees to a playoff spot, will Alderson say the Met scouts saw a flaw in his swing and and never expected him to be so good, or will they say he didn't look like a major league outfielder.

Payroll matters, no matter what anyone says.

hashburry
hashburry

Alderson can't stop himself from talking absolute gibberish even when he is doing something every fan has wanted to see and supports.  He has to spin everything as if he has some take on it that no one else could possibly conceive.  And then, he can't even just say, hey, MDD will get to play the rest of the year to see if he is a part of the future of this team.  he still has to couch it in some nebulous term that Niewenhuas will be playing and they will be sharing time.  Why?  Newenhaus should get time in right since they aren't going anywhere, regardless of what Alderson says and Granderson isn't exactly Puig.

Also, it is beyond embarrassing for him to compare this move to getting rid of Valverde, et al in May.  The Mets, although never really good enough to compete, were still hopeful, and those guys were killing the Mets.  Anything was an improvement.  In reality, Young was just as bad at that point, and except for his contract, had no reason to be on the team even in May.  Alderson's arrogance is beyond insulting.

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

I'm surprised they didn't wait to give him 1 more start tonight with Hamels on the mound. Though I'm glad they didn't because he probably would've hit a HR or 2 and guaranteed his spot at least through the rest of the month if not longer.

Steven Miller
Steven Miller

It's about time Alderson admitted this was a mistake. An outfield of Neuwinheis, Lagares, and Den Dekker could be the best defensively in baseball.

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

When your OBP is just a decent batting average you should expect it every day my friend. Even if denDekker flops he can probably hit .200 and walk a few times. His defense is worlds ahead of Young's too. He may be a nice guy but he sure seemed like a drag on the lineup. 

Robert Bilodeau
Robert Bilodeau

Isnt he the same Met that when he was in the Lineup they won more games then when he was not in the lineup.

owlnut
owlnut

And next year, who will the new CY be? You know Alderson will find one and it will be deja vu all over again.

markd
markd

He only paid $700k for Byrd who was also in a turn around year but a previously established player and ended up with Vic Black because of him. But then he pays $7M to a .200 hitter. CY would have been lucky to receive a spring tryout never mind a lucrative contract.

baseballnblues
baseballnblues

@Daniel Burnard  It's all relative. I agree he is overpaid, as they all are, but this is still his job and it sucks to be let go. My point is that he seems like a decent guy and he left with dignity and class, so we should cut him some slack for that. Otherwise, good riddance. Personally, I have more of a problem with a CEO that has a golden parachute.

Mike Herrington
Mike Herrington

@John Kranzley True account on ML stats on both players. But if you look deeper  into both players and their numbers in AAA it shows something different of late. While much of the numbers you show are from earlier in the season.


MDD is leading the league with a .334 average. While Kirk was hitting a mere .265. So the team is going with the hotter hand with a high potential of MDD.



BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

I dunno...an owner willing to spend is one thing. There's a balance between not being impulsive and letting the farm develop at times. Baseball is a bit different now with the big guys not making it to free agency...just look at the yanks now, they're clearly filling needs with guys way past their prime and in the process of breaking down.

Max Denby
Max Denby

@sjm25 What is stupid about your comment is that we will be BETTER with the kids playing, not worse.  That's why it was dumb to wait this long. 

hashburry
hashburry

@sjm25 Please already.  Young had been trying out for the last 3 years and failing.  He hasn't been a major league talent since 2010.  How did Young make this team a playoff contender?  And, btw, if he had not hit 2 HRs in a game a month ago, there was every indication he was gone.  And the Mets being in contention at all was a pipe dream.

Pat Brady
Pat Brady

@sjm25 I'm not complaining, I'm not an Alderson hater. I think there came a time maybe a few weeks ago when they could have done this. In July I said forget the money and use him as your 4th outfielder. He can play all 3 positions and he has some power off the bench. It's AUgust now though and den Dekker has really forced the issue by playing so well so it became time to move on. 

hashburry
hashburry

@owlnut The sad thing is he'll always point to Byrd as an example of a resurgence in a player.  The difference is Byrd had a track record and was tearing it up in Mexico and other places, but had the PED taint that kept other teams away.  I think he took on CY because he was with the A's last year and Beane is his hero.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@owlnut That's the bigger picture that scares the hell out of me about Alderson. That's his MO. He does it every year. You know it will be someone else next year. 

markd
markd

@baseballnblues I too would have left with dignity and class if I was set for life after receiving $7M for less than a year's worth of work. A CEO is responsible for an entire company's performance and all its employees. A baseball player with a large no cut contract is responsible to whom?

Mike Herrington
Mike Herrington

@jimmybx1 Ignore?


In top 20 Mets prospects that are Latin signed by Alderson players are Montero, Rosario and Molina. While the Mets are well known for having one of the top prospect organization in the game.

hashburry
hashburry

@borsh13 Just a rant based on frustration over ownership on my part!  Not sure I really care where Castillo goes.  I just never liked the Granderson signing based on how much of the payroll he eats up.  So there is really no room for the Mets to play in the big boy FA market.

Mike Herrington
Mike Herrington

@Max Denby @sjm25 I agree with your comment on the young guys not so much on your timing of playing the young guys. Dekker had been turning it on the last couple of months for sure but nothing showed he would have a couple of months ago either. So they did have to wait until he did show he was ready for the next move. Now is that time, maybe a week or 2 sooner but not months.


Mike Herrington
Mike Herrington

@jimmybx1 Same things could be said of the signing of Byrd. But reclaim projects come with risks. Chris Young was coming back from injured seasons. Many scouts/stat buffs figured he just might be the next Byrd and bounce back from those injuries. He did not and thus the risk. Some say he stuck with Young too long but some say he stuck too long with Byrd also until he turned it around.