Over the last few years, Jonathon Niese has gone from being the bright hope in the Mets starting rotation, signing a multi-year deal before he even reached arbitration, to the guy standing in all those other pitchers' way. He got out of the way in the playoffs last year, looking halfway decent as a late-inning bullpen arm, but the Mets opted to sidestep the controversy by dealing him to the Pirates this offseason. As a starter, he's not a disaster and could maybe be halfway decent under the tutelage of pitching guru Ray Searage, but just based on recent track record, he's an unexciting choice even in NL-only leagues.
Niese was traded to the Pirates on Wednesday in exchange for Neil Walker, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. Trade talks between the two sides had been heating up for much of Wednesday and the deal has now been agreed upon pending medical reviews. The 29-year-old Niese put together a 4.13 ERA with 113 strikeouts and 55 walks over 29 starts last season with the Mets, but it was becoming increasingly clear that the organization did not plan to have him as a fixture in the rotation much longer due to the club's wealth of young pitching talent. Niese figures to compete for a spot in the back end of the Pirates' rotation in 2016.
Mets pitcher Jon Niese may miss a game during the NLCS against the Cubs due to a death in the family, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Niese was only needed once in the divisional series win against the Dodgers, but the Mets could be short-handed in the relief corps at some point in the upcoming series. In two starts against the Cubs this season, he lost both, yielding seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits and five walks, while striking out seven in 13 1/3 innings.
Metspitcher Jonathon Niese made his first relief appearance since July 10, 2011 on Tuesday, allowing one run on three singles in 1 2/3 innings. Niese will likely work at least one more time the final week of the season. That appearance could come Wednesday, as New York sees if Niese can go on back-to-back days.
Jonathon Niese will miss his start Tuesday for the Mets against Philadelphia as he transitions to the bullpen for the playoffs, per Mike Vorkunov of The Star-Ledger. It was widely expected that Niese would move to the bullpen for the playoffs given how many good starters the Mets boast on their roster. Long man Logan Verrett will get the start instead, something they are probably fine with given that they just clinched their division.
Mets starter Jonathon Niese won his ninth game of the season behind six shutout innings Monday against Atlanta. He struck out two, walked two, and allowed three hits. Niese induced 13 ground balls and needed just 88 pitches to get through six innings in the gem. This marks Niese's first shutout outing since July 19 against St. Louis, when he went 7 2/3 shutout and struck out three. Niese now has a pair of consecutive quality starts after allowing five runs in his previous four starts. His ERA is down to 4.16.