The Milwaukee Brewers have claimed outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis off waivers. The move opens a spot on the Mets' 40-man roster for the recently signed Alejandro De Aza. A career .232/.306/.389 hitter, Nieuwenhuis played sporadically in the Mets' outfield in 2015.
Drafted by the Mets in 2008, Nieuwenhuis spent parts of the 2012 through 2015 seasons with the Mets before the team traded him to the Los Angeles Angels in May. Ten games and less than three weeks later, the Mets claimed him on waivers and got him back from the Angels. In 117 plate appearances for New York, he hit .208/.282/.406 with four home runs in the 2015 season. Three of those long balls came on July 12 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the other was a go-ahead homer to cap off a dramatic seven-run rally versus the Washington Nationals on September 8.
With a 31.5 percent strikeout rate, Nieuwenhuis always struggled to make consistent contact. Yet the lefty offered solid pop and defense in center field, making him a solid bench piece who frequently found his way back on the roster.