A little bit of transaction news that got lost over the holiday break: the Brewers claimed outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis off waivers from the Mets. This will be his third team in less than a year as the Angels purchased him from the Mets in late May, the Mets claimed him off waivers in mid-June, and now the Brewers have claimd him off waivers in late December.
Nieuwenhuis, 28, posted a measly .645 OPS in 141 plate appearances in the majors between the Angels and Mets this past season. He hit only four home runs, but three of them memorably came in one game against the Diamondbacks on July 12.
Nieuwenhuis has experience playing all three outfield spots, so he will provide some versatility for the Brewers. He will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the 2016 season and he’ll become eligible for free agency after the 2019 season.