Mets Trade Rumor of the Day: Jon Niese
According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, the Mets are looking for suitors for LHP Jonathan Niese, possibly selling him as an affordable alternative to those who are unable to acquire Gio Gonzalez. Teams who lost out on Mark Buehrle (who signed a 4-year, $58 MM deal with – guess who – the Miami Marlins) may also be interested in the Mets starter.
Niese has had two eerily similar seasons in 2010 and 2011, as you can see by the copy/paste below:
In addition, he’s seemingly run out of gas/broken down during the second half of each year. He had a 1.53 WHIP in the second half of 2011, and a 1.57 WHIP in 2010.
Given his age (25), the Mets aren’t desperate to trade him, but will if they can get a good starting pitcher in return, plus prospects.
According to Sherman, the Padres, Rockies, and Red Sox are interested in acquiring Niese.