After bringing Matt den Dekker back and playing him regularly for a stretch of games, the Mets have designated the outfielder for assignment. In the 21 plate appearances he made since being called up earlier this month, den Dekker hit just .000/.095/.000 with a -65 wRC+. The move opens up a spot for newly-signed outfielder Austin Jackson on both the active and 40-man roster.
den Dekker came up through the Mets’ system and spent parts of the 2013 and 2014 seasons as the major league level. He was traded to the Nationals just before the 2015 season began for left-handed relief pitcher Jerry Blevins. He went on to have his best major league season at the plate that year: 110 plate appearances with a .253/.315/.485 line and a 116 wRC+.
But that level of success has eluded den Dekker in every other season he’s spent in the big leagues. It would be at least a little bit surprising if another team were to claim him following the DFA.