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.