Angels acquire LHH Nieuwenhuis from Mets …
The Angels, desperate for offense from the left side of the batter’s box, acquired left-handed-hitting outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the Mets for cash considerations on Wednesday morning.
Nieuwenhuis, 27, is out of options and is expected to join the Angels for Thursday’s series opener against the Tigers. At that point, the Angels will announce a corresponding move for their 25-man roster. To make room for Nieuwenhuis on their 40-man roster, right-handed reliever Chad Smith – acquired from the A’s on May 8 – was designated for assignment.
Nieuwenhuis played in 226 games with the Mets the last four years, posting a .230/.302/.374 slash line with 13 homers, 60 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. In 2015, he went 3-for-38 in the Majors and batted .265/.319/.512 in Triple-A, adding 11 homers and 32 RBIs in 57 games. The Mets DFA’d Nieuwenhuis last week.
A native of Santa Monica, Calif., Nieuwenhuis has most of his experience in center field but can also play both outfield corners. For the Angels, he represents a low-risk addition who provides another option against right-handed pitching. Nieuwenhuis’ addition likely means left-handed power hitter Marc Krauss will be optioned back to Triple-A, creating more depth organizationally.
The Angels were shutout for the fourth time this season on Tuesday – one more than they had all of 2014 – and are tied for the lowest OPS in the Majors against right-handed pitching.
The Angels are expected to continue to look for options to bolster their offense.