Thu, 04 Sep 2014 23:30:56 -0700
The New York Mets plan to give OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis some extra playing time before the end of the season to evaluate him for 2015. Although he was in the minors most of the season, the club likes his .259 batting average in 97 major league plate appearances as well as three home runs and four stolen bases. He is out of options after this year.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:01:29 -0700
New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (neck) was scratched from the starting lineup Wednesday, Aug. 20, because of a neck injury.
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:25:51 -0700
New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (neck) was unavailable Tuesday, Aug. 19, against the Oakland Athletics due to a stiff neck.
Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:54:31 -0700
New York Mets OF Chris Young is a candidate to be released by the club, with the intent of recalling OF Matt den Dekker from Triple-A Las Vegas, according to sources. den Dekker's average leads the Pacific Coast League at .334 this year, and he has only 64 strikeouts in 332 at-bats. If den Dekker is promoted, the Mets plan to play him often. OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis would move to more of a bench role in that scenario. Young has a slash line of just .205/.283/.346 this year.
Fantasy Tip: If you're in an NL-only league, you should get a jump on den Dekker and stash him now. Since he's expected to receive everyday playing time upon his arrival, he's worth stashing in deep mixed leagues, too.
Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:57:38 -0700
New York Mets OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis has more experience in a reserve role, which is why he was called up over OF Matt den Dekker, according to general manager Sandy Alderson. den Dekker is batting .436 (17-for-39) with eight walks and five strikeouts in his last 10 games with Triple-A Las Vegas. His .331 average leads the Pacific Coast League. Alderson wouldn't indicate if the team plans to call up den Dekker in September, but the team is clearly waiting on the youngster.
Fantasy Tip: Nieuwenhuis is purely an NL-only commodity in a reserve role with the Metropolitans. den Dekker, on the other hand, would likely be useful in deep mixed leagues if he's called up, since he should be receiving an everyday role, based on Alderson's statements.
Mon, 04 Aug 2014 13:42:49 -0700
The New York Mets have designated OF Bobby Abreu for assignment. The team also recalled OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:39:04 -0700
The New York Mets recalled SS Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis in his place.
Fantasy Tip: Flores and his power could see deep-mixed value with regular playing time, but the flaws in his plate discipline will suppress his upside.
Wed, 18 Jun 2014 14:10:37 -0700
The New York Mets recalled Kirk Nieuwenhuis from Triple-A Las Vegas Wednesday, June 18, and optioned OF Matt den Dekker to Las Vegas in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: Nieuwenhuis will serve as outfield depth off the bench. He's only ownable in deep NL-only leagues.
Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:02:50 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins may let OF Matt den Dekker run with the leadoff role for the next couple days with OF Juan Lagares (intercostal) on the disabled list. OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis could be an option for the leadoff spot, as well.
Thu, 01 May 2014 12:33:28 -0700
The New York Mets activated OF Juan Lagares (hamstring) from the disabled list Thursday, May 1, and optioned OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis to the minors in a corresponding move.