PITTSBURGH -- The Mets are poking around to find potential trade partners for outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, whom they designated for assignment earlier this week.
Assistant general manager John Ricco said the Mets are looking to see if a match exists for Nieuwenhuis, a left-handed hitter who batted .259 with an .828 OPS last season -- but was 3-for-38 in April and May. Because Nieuwenhuis is out of Minor League options, the Mets had to designate him for assignment. If the team cannot complete a trade, Nieuwenhuis will need to pass unclaimed through waivers before the Mets can send him to Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets replaced Nieuwenhuis on the active roster with outfielder Darrell Ceciliani, who made his big league debut on Tuesday and his first appearance in the starting lineup on Saturday.
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