After being outrighted off the 40-man roster, Mike Nickeas has elected free agency, a team official said.
Fred Lewis, who also had been removed from the roster, chose free agency as well.
Nickeas appeared in 47 games with the Mets last season. The 29-year-old hit .174/.242/.229 with three doubles and one home run over 109 at-bats. He owns a career line of .180/.241/.238 over parts of three seasons with New York.
Lewis spent a majority of the 2012 season with the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate. Over 419 at-bats the 31-year-old hit .294/.379/.482 with 26 doubles, seven triples and 13 home runs. He also appeared in 18 games for the Mets, collecting three hits, all singles, over 20 at-bats.
Lewis has spent seven seasons at the major league level while playing for the Mets, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays and Cincinnati Reds. He’s hit .266/.344/.403 over his career and has been a regular player in the majors before, as he’s twice registered over 400 at-bats. During each of those seasons he totaled more than 40 extra-base hits.