Rumor: Yankees Interested in Mets Pitcher Jon Niese

Since hearing that he had hit the market, the Yankees contacted the Mets and asked them about the availability of left handed starter Jonathon Niese, according to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News.

The Mets are looking for a “placeholder” starter and a big prospect as well, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post. The Yankee have a number of pitchers who could serve as a “placeholder” but they would probably prefer to use Hector Noesi, David Phelps, or Adam Warren as a centerpiece in a deal for a non-elite starter.

The Mets and the Yankees don’t often trade with each other. It seems unlikely that they would make a deal here, but it’s certainly worth exploring.

Niese, 25, has a career ERA of 4.39, a K/9 of 7.65, a BB/9 of 2.99, and a GB% of 49.1. Those are solid peripherals despite a less than spectacular ERA. There should be concerns of how well he would do with a switch to the AL, but he is young enough and left handed. If the package isn’t extreme he is probably worth going after.

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One Response to Rumor: Yankees Interested in Mets Pitcher Jon Niese

  1. John says:

    Im always suspicious when a team gives up a guy thos young. If he doesnt cost a bigtime prospect why not?
    We need a left hander Joe saunders is available. he wasnt bad for the Angels and is 31.
    We could get him for close to nothing.
    Im probably like a lot of fans I want them to SOMETHING but not be stupid and make a bad deal at the same time.