The Mets are reportedly considering outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis for a spot on the opening day roster according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. If he makes the club out of Spring Training it will be in a bench role as an extra outfielder.
The Mets are intrigued by Nieuwenhuis, but would prefer that he gets regular at-bats, meaning he would start the season in Triple-A. If he makes the club he would mainly be featured in a pinch hitting role, as well as filling in on a day off for one of the regulars.
The most likely scenario at this point is that he will start the season at Triple-A so he can play everyday. If Torres struggles out of the gate, that may force the Mets hand to call up Nieuwenhuis. In that case Nieuwenhuis would be the starter and Torres would be a defensive replacement, which is his specialty anyway.
While I hope that Torres plays well, I am more hopeful to get to see Nieuwenhuis get some regular at-bats in Queens this season. In a season of transition I want to see as many young guys as possible so they can get experience and the front office can decide if they have a future with the club.