The Los Angeles Angels have acquired OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the New York Mets, according to a report from Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.
Source: Kirk Nieuwenhuis traded to #Angels
— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) May 27, 2015
The Mets will receive cash from the Angels in exchange for Nieuwenhuis, according to a report from Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times.
#Angels acquired OF Kirk Nieuwenheis from Mets for cash. No players.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) May 27, 2015
Nieuwenhuis was designated for assignment last week. Kirk’s name is one that was lightly stirring around prior to being designated that got the whole thing going to a point where many clubs were checking in on his status with the Mets.
In order to clear a spot for Nieuwenhuis on the club’s 40-man roster, the Angels designated RHP Chad Smith for assignment. Smith was acquired by the Angels at the beginning of the month after being designated for assignment by the Oakland Athletics.
Nieuwenhuis, 27, is represented by Paragon Sports International. Kirk has appeared in 27 games so far this season, having hit .079/.125/.132 in 40 plate appearances where he has driven in 3 runs on 3 hits.
This deal provides the Angels with an extra outfielder who can play all over and does so in a smooth manner. Kirk has a strong eye at the plate and has a great sense for where he likes it, making him capable of driving balls far, and coming up clutch in late innings as well.
As Matt Joyce continues to struggle with his new club in a new ballpark, Nieuwenhuis is a potential candidate to take over the corner position for him, where he would fit in very well and would likely be hitting at the top of the Angels batting order.
Nieuwenhuis is currently being payed a salary of $525,415 and can be controlled for one more season via arbitration.