With Juan Lagares set to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday barring a setback, the New York Mets will need to make a roster move. The logical choice would be to send Kirk Nieuwenhuis back to Las Vegas, but Nieuwenhuis has played well in his latest stint with the big club. Nieuwenhuis had two doubles in yesterday's win against the Miami Marlins, and his defense has been strong as well. With Nieuwenhuis making a strong case to stay, the slumping Chris Young could be vulnerable.
Team officials are seriously considering the possibility of cutting Young on Thursday, ESPN New York's Adam Rubin reports. Young has been a bust for the Mets this season, hitting .201 with four home runs and 17 RBI's on the season. Young's defense in center field has also been very suspect, so he's not even providing value to the team with his glove. Manager Terry Collins told reporters last week that Young has essentially lost his chance to play against right handed pitching, limiting his value to the team even more.
The A's will start a pair of lefties in the two game series against the Mets this week, essentially giving Young a chance to play and show he can still be useful for the Mets. If the Mets cut ties with Young on Thursday, they would eat the remaining portion of Young's 7.25 million dollar salary. A Mets official has since refuted this story, giving Mike Puma of the New York Post a blunt no when asked if cutting Young was a possibility.
The Mets may be hesitant to cut Young given that he was Alderson's first true signing this winter, but at this point he hasn't shown anything useful. The money is a sunk cost at this point, and the Mets shouldn't hold on to him out of fear he will go somewhere else and produce. This is a case where the experiment hasn't worked, and if Young can't show some value against lefties in the next few days he should be dumped to make room for a guy like Nieuwenhuis on the roster. Nieuwenhuis may not be a long term solution for the Mets, but he has been productive when he's been asked to play, hitting .292 with a home run and six RBI's in 24 at bats. If the Mets seriously believe they can make a playoff push, giving at bats to an unproductive player like Young has to stop.
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