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Matt den Dekker | Outfielder | #50

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Florida
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 5 (0) / NYM
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Tigers signed OF Matt den Dekker to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Toledo.
Den Dekker was granted his release by the Marlins last week and it didn't take him long to find a new opportunity. The 29-year-old was batting .247/.280/.481 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 20 games this season at the Triple-A level. He'll provide some depth across the outfield with his new team. May 16 - 3:32 PM

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Marlins released OF Matt den Dekker.

The 29-year-old outfielder exercised a May opt-out in his minor league contract with Miami and will look to join a team that offers a clearer path back to the majors. He was batting .247/.280/.481 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 20 games this season with the Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes.
May 10 - 11:25 AM

Matt den Dekker launched a pair of homers against his old team as a Marlins split-squad beat the Mets 7-5 on Sunday.

The first homer accounted for the only run Jacob de Grom allowed over the first five innings. Den Dekker is hitting .270 with four homers and two steals in 37 at-bats in his bid to make the Marlins as a reserve outfielder. He didn't seem to have much of a shot before the Martin Prado injury, but since that's opened up a spot, he might crack the roster now.
Mar 19 - 5:26 PM

Marlins signed OF Matt den Dekker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Den Dekker, 29, sports a career .236/.318/.359 batting line across parts of four seasons in the majors. The Florida native will compete for the Marlins' fifth outfielder job.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 10:57:00 AM

Nationals sent OF Matt den Dekker outright to Triple-A Syracuse.

Den Dekker cleared waivers after being designated for assignment. He'll remain in the organization.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 08:41:00 AM

Nationals designated OF Matt den Dekker for assignment.

It frees up a 40-man roster spot. Den Dekker batted only .176/.282/.294 this season in his time with the Nats.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 02:42:00 PM

Nationals optioned OF Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse.

Den Dekker was up for the Nats' doubleheader Saturday, drawing a walk and reaching on a hit by pitch while scoring two runs in the second game. He'll return to a .158/.238/.158 line at Syracuse.
Sun, May 15, 2016 08:25:00 AM

National recalled OF Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Syracuse.

Den Dekker will serve as the team's 26th man in Saturday's doubleheader against the Marlins. He'll likely be returned to Syracuse following the twin billing.
Sat, May 14, 2016 10:12:00 AM

Nationals optioned OF Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse.

He's clearing space for the return of Ben Revere (oblique) from the disabled list. Den Dekker has hit .194/.265/.323 over 34 plate appearances with the big club this season.
Fri, May 6, 2016 11:06:00 AM

Nationals recalled OF Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Syracuse.

He'll give the Nationals some outfield depth while Ben Revere recovers from a right oblique strain. Michael Taylor will be the primary starter in center field.
Wed, Apr 6, 2016 04:50:00 PM

Nationals optioned OF Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse.

Den Dekker was in the running for the final outfield spot on the Nationals bench but wound up losing out to Chris Heisey. He'll continue to provide outfield depth at the minor league level and should get an opportunity with the big league club at some point during the 2016 season.
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 11:02:00 PM

Matt den Dekker homered for the second straight day Monday as part of a 3-for-4 effort in a win over the Reds.

He doubled in a run in the fourth to open the scoring and then added an opposite-field solo shot in the sixth. Not known for his bat, den Dekker now has seven hits -- including five that went for extra bases -- over his last eight at-bats in the last two days. It's safe to say he'll be getting another start Tuesday.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 06:11:00 PM

Matt den Dekker had two singles, a double, and a home run in four at-bats, but the Nationals fell to the Phillies on Sunday.

den Dekker hit the second of two solo home runs in the second inning, putting the Nationals up 2-0 against Aaron Harang. He singled and scored in the seventh, then doubled and scored in the ninth inning. den Dekker has stepped to the plate only 93 times this season, so Sunday's effort did wonders for his batting line. He's now batting .253/.319/.458 with four home runs, 10 RBI, and 10 runs scored.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 04:58:00 PM

Matt den Dekker, as a mid-game replacement, went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over the Marlins.

Bryce Harper left the game in the first inning and den Dekker was his replacement. He made it a 4-0 game in the sixth inning when he drove a Jose Urena offering over the fence in right field. den Dekker has taken only 74 plate appearances this season, hitting .209/.264/.403 with three home runs and seven RBI.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 04:14:00 PM

Nationals recalled OF Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Syracuse.

He'll provide outfield depth with Denard Span (hip) out and Michael Taylor (knee) banged up. Den Dekker has hit just .184/.259/.347 over 26 games in the majors this season.
Fri, Aug 28, 2015 02:28:00 PM

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