Trade Him, Keep Him: Jonathon Niese

He's been a mainstay in the Mets rotation, but what kind of trade value does left-handed veteran Jonathon Niese have at this point in his career?

The New York Mets have announced that left-handed pitcher Jon Niese is a available for trades. Niese, who has a career ERA of 3.91 overeat seasons with a .500 record of 61 wins and 61 losses, was for the longest time one of the top Mets pitchers. Back then having a 3.40 ERA was good enough to be the ace of the staff. Jon, was drafted by the New York Mets in the seventh round of the 2005 amateur draft and made his debut on September 2, 2008. Niese, in 2012 113 and nine with said 3.40 ERA that was the same year that Matt Harvey made his debut.

Ever since then. Niese has been your average number three or number four starter; however, being a left-handed pitcher going into his age 29 season, what kind of value can the Mets to get for Jon Niese? The New York Mets projected starting rotation should consist of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and the returning Zack Wheeler. But the question is where does John Niese benefit the Mets most? On another team getting back a position player of some kind? Or converted into a reliever and try to become a left-handed specialist with his curveball that he has. There's been no question that one of the needs of the New York Mets this off-season has been to bolster their bullpen not necessarily in the top tier category but guys that can pitch in the seventh inning and eighth inning and also get out left-handed hitters. Niese appeared once in the NLDS and NLCS facing one batter and striking them out each time. Niese has not yet consistently shown that he can get left-handers out; however, there's always a chance that if he works on it during an off-season he can become a pretty good left-handed specialist and here's why. I've seen from time and time again Jon Niese using this high arching 12 to 6 curveball, if used correctly, and controlled consistently, left-handed hitters will have a very hard time making contact with that pitch. With that being said let's look at the other side of the coin.

What kind of value could the New York Mets get back if they traded Jon Niese. Niese's contract does not benefit the Mets in trade talks albeit that he only has one year left on his contract before he can be bought out, he will be owed $9 million in 2016 and no team is going to want to pick up Jon Niese considering the two years of options for 10 million and 11 million team controlled. So basically if the Mets are trading Jon Niese, the other team in said trade knows that they're going to get Niese for one season which means that the return will not be that great. In my opinion, I think the best option for the Mets and Jon Niese is to bring him into spring training with the focus on him becoming a left-handed specialist. The amount of money spent on for a project that Niese would be is risky; however, the return for Jon Niese would probably be very small even though he is a left-handed starting pitcher. As the saying goes, you can never have enough pitching.

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