Aug 15, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jon Niese (49) delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Pittsburgh Piratesat Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
LHP Jon Niese #49
For a team full of young, high-velocity pitchers, the New York Mets simply don’t have any room for a guy like Jon Niese any longer. Although he has not necessarily done anything in particular to be sent to the bullpen, with guys like Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, and Jacob DeGrom, it is hard enough finding some innings in the bullpen.
Niese was in fact moved to the bullpen this postseason after having yet another average season. In his 33 starts, Niese was 9-10 with a 4.13 ERA. Niese is more of a fly ball pitchers as he compiled just 113 strikeouts in those 176 innings.
The Mets also already have a younger, left-handed pitcher that is just flat better than Niese in Steven Matz. Niese’s contract is up after next season and San Francisco has called the Mets about him before. Niese would be another cheap, solid fourth or fifth starter in the rotation.
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