The Mets were lacking in outfield depth heading into spring training, so the addition of den Dekker, who was previously a member of the organization from 2010 to 2014, fills a need. Though Michael Conforto (shoulder) is slated to open the season on the disabled list, the Mets plan to have either Juan Lagares or Brandon Nimmo fill his spot in center field, with the loser of the job battle serving as a fourth outfielder. That leaves den Dekker on the outside looking in for an Opening Day roster spot, barring an injury to another outfielder. Instead, look for den Dekker to settle into an everyday role at Triple-A Las Vegas.
Den Dekker was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Wednesday.
Den Dekker was DFA'd by the organization after going 1-for-7 over the past two weeks during his time at the major-league level. The outfielder has barely spent any time with Detroit this year, and hit .176/.282/.576 during his brief time with the Nationals last year. With Alex Presley (concussion) coming off the disabled list, there was no need for den Dekker to continue serving as outfield depth.
Den Dekker was called up Friday by the Tigers.
In a corresponding move to Alex Presley's concussion which landed him on the 7-day DL, den Dekker is headed back to the majors for the first time this season. He is hitting .247/.280/.481 with Triple-A New Orleans, but hasn't played in the big leagues since recording 19 appearances with the Nationals last year. He will likely earn some time on the field due to the sheer amount of injuries that Detroit has suffered in the outfield recently.
Den Dekker signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers on Tuesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
Den Dekker began the season as a member of the Marlins and played 20 games at Triple-A New Orleans. Over said games he put together a mediocre .247 batting average and .280 on-base percentage. Unless Detroit gets hit with injuries or den Dekker significantly improves at Triple-A Toledo, it's unlikely that he'll see much time in the majors this season.
Den Dekker has opted out of his contract to become a free agent, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Den Dekker signed a minor-league pact with the Marlins this offseason and has hit .247/.280/.481 over 20 games with Triple-A New Orleans, but appears to be looking for a better opportunity elsewhere. If nothing works out, however, he could return to the Marlins on a new deal. Den Dekker owns a .236 career average over four seasons, but hit just .176 in limited playing time with the Nationals last season, so he'll be hard-pressed to land a spot in the big leagues
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|2010||AFX-Savannah Sand Gnats||27||104||21||36||13||0||0||15||9||28||3||0||.404||.471||.346|
|2011||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||67||267||54||79||19||8||6||36||24||65||12||5||.362||.494||.296|
|2013||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||53||179||34||53||8||4||6||38||20||46||8||1||.366||.486||.296|
|2013||AFA-St. Lucie Mets||14||58||8||16||2||0||0||4||3||6||1||0||.306||.310||.276|
|2014||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||93||335||70||112||31||7||8||46||40||65||9||5||.407||.540||.334|