Sandy Alderson finally admitted his mistake with Chris Young, designating him for assignment after Friday night’s game. Matt den Dekker has been recalled to take his place.
While everyone in the world was waiting for this to happen, it somehow manage to shock Young.
“It caught me a little bit off-guard,” Young said according to ESPN New York. “I wasn’t expecting it. I understood that the playing time had changed. And I realized that. But I didn’t think this was coming. The team has to do whatever they feel is best for the team. I respect that.”
Chris Young was hitting a miserable .205 with eight homers and 28 RBIs. Not bad for $7.25 million!
“At some point you have to move on,” Alderson said. “I think this was about the time that we needed to do that. Chris has been, I think, an outstanding teammate to the other guys on the team. I’ve liked Chris a lot since the first time I met him. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out completely as he would have liked, as we would have liked. And, at some point, it’s time move on to something else.”
And that something else is apparently den Dekker. He was leading the Pacific Coast League in batting at .334. He will likely get the bulk of the playing time in left field for the rest of the season.
“Matt probably needs to play a little bit so that we can see really what he can do and what we have,” Alderson proclaimed.