The Mets are once again considering releasing outfielder Chris Young and promoting Triple-A outfielder Matt den Dekker (Rubin, Aug. 8).
The Mets had thought about waiting until when rosters expand on Sept. 1 to promote den Dekker, who is hitting a Pacific Coast League best .334. They now may bring him up earlier and replace the struggling Young. The plan is for den Dekker to play left field full-time when if/when he returns.
Young is on a one-year deal and is owed $2 million on his one-year $7.25 million contract. He is hitting .206 with a .253 on base average and a .346 slugging percentage.