Rumors: Mets will trade Niese if the package is right

Last week we heard that Mets starter Jonathon Niese had hit the trading block and that the Yankees were interested in him. The latest is that there are no “significant” trade talks involving Niese at the moment, but the Mets will deal him if the package is right, according to Adam Rubin and Jon Heyman.

Heyman added that there are at least three to four teams still interested in him and they are looking for a package that includes young pitchers and a catcher. The Yankees could potentially swing that easily considering they have a system stocked with near major league ready pitchers and catching prospects.

Niese’s numbers have been underwheliming in his career and he has struggled somewhat to stay healthy, but he could be a nice alternative to Gio Gonzalez. He’s still just 25-years-old, he’s lefty, and he had a 7.9 K/9, a 2.5 BB/9 and a induced grounders at a 51.5 percent rate. impressive numbers that suggest he was victimized by a poor Mets defense and could be in line for a breakout season.

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2 Responses to Rumors: Mets will trade Niese if the package is right

  1. ATLNYYfan says:

    I'm sure the teens on here that worship the sabermetrics crap will disagree….but your numbers are your numbers. Everything else is just a big "what if".

    Looking at his numbers, his WHIP is high and is his ERA and hits per innings….and that's in the NL….in a much larger ballpark!

    If you're talking about maybe Romine and Phelps or something of that nature, fine. But if was really any good, why would the Muts make that deal?

  2. Tanned Tom says:

    Why would the Yanks want this guy? He bites. An over 4.00 ERA in that park, in the non-DH league, hasn't thrown over 200 innings in a year yet? He's lunch in the AL East. Better to try out one of their own young pitchers.
    And Romine and Phelps for this? No way.