After an up-and-down 2015 season that saw him struggle with the Mets, get traded to the Angels only to return to New York and contribute down the stretch, Kirk Nieuwenhuis is headed to the Brewers on a waiver claim.
It was a roller coaster season for Nieuwenhuis, as the Mets versatile outfielder went just 3-for-38 with 17 strikeouts to start the season prior to being traded to Anaheim.
Nieuwenhuis was able to contribute a bit once he was re-acquired by the Mets early in the summer, as he became the first player in franchise history to homer three times in a single home game, as well as delivering a clutch, pinch-hit, game-winning home run against the Nationals in September.
With the signing of outfielder Alejandro De Aza, however, there really isn’t a place for Kirk on this roster, as the Mets now have their left-handed hitting platoon outfielder.
De Aza’s ability to play center field on a consistent basis is still in doubt, as he started just one game in center this past season, so the only true center fielder on the Mets roster right now is Juan Lagares.
If necessary, Curtis Granderson can play the position as well, but only occasionally.
Overall, Nieuwenhuis hit .235/.309/.389 with 38 doubles, 17 home runs, 71 RBI, 83 runs scored, 12 stolen bases and a .695 OPS in 263 games over four seasons with the Mets.