So this the help for which the Mets and their fans were hoping? A guy who was cut from the team, traded to another team, cut from that team then picked up again by the Mets Yes, we’re talking about Kirk Nieuwenhuis.
Nieuwenhuis is back, starting Monday in San Francisco and batting sixth. This is how far the Mets have fallen. Nieuwenhuis batted .079 for the Mets before they designated him for assignment in late May. The Mets were able to sell him to the Angels. After two weeks and a .136 average, the Angels released him. The Mets just couldn’t resist and picked him up.
He was fine for minor league depth, but a starter in the bigs? Nuh uh. Nieuwenhuis is proving that he is a classic Quadruple-A hitter — he was batting .293 with seven home runs in 15 games in Las Vegas. What are the odds he can repeat that in the majors?
If anything, Kirk Nieuwenhuis is a solid defensive outfielder, so he should be able to help there.
To make room for Nieuwenhuis, the Mets sent Darrell Ceciliani to Vegas. Ceciliani hit .206 in his brief time with the Mets. Very Nieuwenhuisian of him.