1:25 p.m.: Sandy Alderson said that the report that Chris Young is close to being cut is “simply inaccurate,” but refused to divulge whether it’s being considered (Ackert, June 23).
Adam Rubin, whose report is the one in question, said that his wording may have been a bit off, but that he’s sticking with his story (Rubin, June 23).
11:25 a.m.: A Mets official said “no” when asked if there was a possibility the Mets were preparing to cut Chris Young (Puma, June 23).
That same official referred to any speculation that Young was about to be cut as “wrong.”
Juan Lagares is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday. If Chris Young doesn’t perform well during the Mets’ upcoming two-game series against the Athletics, the Mets may cut him to make room (Rubin, June 23).
According to Rubin’s report, Young’s “days are numbered,” and cutting him on Thursday – while eating the remainder of his $7.25 million salary – is “definitely being seriously weighed.”
Young, 30, is hitting .201/.284/.313, with four home runs and 17 RBI.
His defense, especially in center field, has also left a lot to be desired.
Last season for the Athletics, Young hit .200/.280/.379.
If Young performs well Tuesday and Wednesday, he may stick around, making Kirk Nieuwenhuis the likely roster casualty when Lagares is activated.