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Mets promote Kirk Nieuwenhuis, option Matt den Dekker to Las Vegas

By Danny Abriano
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After Wednesday’s victory in St. Louis, the Mets optioned Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Las Vegas and replaced him with fellow outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

Apr 16, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

In 49 plate appearances spanning 17 games with the Mets in 2014, the 26-year-old den Dekker was hitting .156 with a .224 OBP.

Nieuwenhuis, 26, hit .222 with a .286 OBP in 21 plate appearances with the Mets earlier this season.

In Triple-A Las Vegas, Nieuwenhuis was performing fairly well, hitting .272 with a .318 OBP to go along with 10 home runs and 30 RBI.

Thoughts:

While Kirk Nieuwenhuis is a somewhat better hitter than Matt den Dekker, today’s move is pretty much a lateral one.

With  center fielder Juan Lagares likely just days away from returning from the disabled list, Nieuwenhuis’ promotion may be a temporary one – unless the Mets swap out Eric Campbell when Lagares is activated.

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