Den Dekker adds depth to a Nationals position group that could begin the season without both Denard Span and Jayson Werth. In 80 career major-league games, den Dekker has posted a .238/.325/.310 slash line.
Den Dekker told ESPN that when he was called into the Mets' office he figured he was being sent to the minors. With Washington, he'll have an early shot at playing time.
Blevins spent just one season with the Nationals in 2014 and went 2-3 with a 4.87 ERA in 57.1 innings pitched.
While Nieuwenhuis is out of options, manager Terry Collins indicated that den Dekker has responded to the team's request that he reduce his strikeouts when sent to Triple-A last season.
"We'll just see how it translates this spring into what kind of an offensive player he can be," Collins said of den Dekker. "We know he's got the defensive skills."
Collins said that whichever outfielder shows the most promise will make the initial 25-man roster.
"He plays the game right. He's fearless," Collins said of Nieuwenhuis. "But right now, we've got to get some offense from one of those two guys. Which one of those two guys is going to be able to come off the bench as a pinch-hitter? The best closers in our division are all right-handed, so the left-handed hitter off that bench is going to be a big piece."
den Dekker took a pitch off the left hand Tuesday. He was batting just .154 (2 for 13) in seven games prior to the injury.
"It's coming along," den Dekker said Sunday. "The X-rays were negative. I think it's fine."
den Dekker was making semi-regular starts for the Mets prior to the injury, though he was batting just .154 (2 for 13) in his last seven games.
"That hand is just not getting much better," manager Terry Collins said. "He can't grip the bat yet. He's having a tough time throwing. We're going to have them take a look at it when the doctor gets here today to reexamine his hand."
den Dekker was hit on the top of his left hand by a pitch Tuesday, and he remains unable to grip a bat.
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