Source: Mets trade Kirk Nieuwenhuis to Angels

NEW YORK -- Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis has been traded by the New York Mets to the Los Angeles Angels, a source told ESPN.com.

Nieuwenhuis had been designated for assignment by the Mets on May 19. He was 3-for-38 this season.

The Mets will receive cash from the Angels.

Nieuwenhuis was out of options, so the Mets would have needed to pass him through waivers in order to send him to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Overall, Nieuwenhuis has a .230 average with 13 homers and 60 RBIs in 527 career at-bats.