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.