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Mets would need to be “knocked out” to trade Jon Niese

Dec 17, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

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There was an interesting report by Tracy Ringolsby of yesterday that Mets’ left-hander Jon Niese was available in a trade centered around Rockies’ outfielder Seth Smith. It didn’t make a lot of sense on the Mets’ end, barring the inclusion of a third team, and it turns out there isn’t much to it.

According to Jerry Crasnick of, the Mets have “zero interest” in parting with Niese in a deal involving Smith. What’s more, he hears they would have to be “knocked out” to trade him. I assume that doesn’t mean literally. MLB probably wouldn’t be happy about that.

Anyway, this seems to jibe with what Jon Heyman of is hearing, specifically that Niese, Ike Davis, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia are off-limits in trade talks for Athletics’ left-hander Gio Gonzalez. However, if that’s true, Gio Gonzalez probably won’t be a Met.

Niese has a 4.39 ERA over his first 370 2/3 innings in the majors, averaging 7.6 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9. The 25-year-old southpaw has traditionally underperformed relative to metrics like FIP and xFIP, mostly due to an usually high batting average on balls in play. He is arbitration-eligible for the first time next winter and under team control through 2015.

  1. christopherhowland - Dec 17, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    Niese will be a part of the next winning Mets franchise, so I dont really understand the logic in trying to trade him. But if we could flip him for a few top tier prospects or D’Arnaud from the Jays.. I could dig it

  2. purnellmeagrejr - Dec 17, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    He’s definitely above average and has the appearance of a guy that will develop and endure.

  3. proudlycanadian - Dec 17, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    The best I can say about the guy is that he is left handed and has a pulse. If he was pitching in the AL East, his ERA would be close to 5.0. Based on the number of rumors, it appears that the Mutts are actively trying to shop him and are trying to build him up. Saying that he would not be part of a trade package for Gio Gonzalez is disingenuous. I rather doubt that Oakland would want him.

  4. purnellmeagrejr - Dec 19, 2011 at 7:36 AM

    As a Mets fan I hate to say this – but as I read the title it occurs to me that the Mets are “knocked out.:

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