The New York Mets have acquired Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Jonathon Niese to their team in swap for left-hander Antonio Bastardo. Those who heard the news, Bastardo is going back to the Pirates; both of the teams have announced the move on Monday. This could be great for both players, however, the question here is if this was a good idea for both teams?
The swap of these two left-handers reunite each southpaw with their teams as Niese has spent his entire career up until the the 2016 campaign in the Queens and Bastardo pitched for the Bucs in 2015. Neither of the pitchers have performed their standards. They need to look at players like for example Neil Walker. Walker was a replacement for Daniel Murphy this past winter and from the team’s game this past Sunday, Walker delivered a lift that’s so crucial that he blast a go-ahead, three home run off of Boone Logan and then caused all 36,279 fans at the Citi Field to roar like it’s their last day to live. Then he finished off with a 3-for-4 with a triple, home run and four RBI where he leads to a remarkable hitting .632 (12-for-19) within over the last five games of the season. Now, if Niese and Bastardo wants to be like Walker, then they need to step up their game.
With Niese's credentials, he’s playing eight major league seasons for the Mets, having a 4.91 earned run average pitching his way out of the rotation with the Bucs; Bastardo has a similar 4.74 ERA being in 41 relief appearances for the Mets. Niese is 8-6 in 23 games, had 18 starts with the Pirates, and was 61-61 with a 3.91 ERA in total of 182 games with the Mets from 2008-2015. It's a relief that Bastardo decided to go back to the Pirates in exchange for Niese. However, Bastardo have signed a two-year deal with the Mets during the off-season, which led to a disappointment for the Mets.
The Mets have to take on full responsibility for what they were doing was making this big move on these two players. This clearly has to be a huge decision for the team’s sake. Guess we will have to take a closer look in one of the Mets games if this decision is great fit for both players.