Jun 17, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jonathon Niese (49) throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the first inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Deadline: Could Blue Jays target Mets lefty Jonathan Niese?


With the MLB trade deadline looming, it is evident that the Toronto Blue Jays may need to bolster their rotation come July 31st. With lefty JA Happ only having quality starts when pitching after RA Dickey against the same team, the Blue Jays could potentially look at upgrading his spot in the rotation with a strong left-hander that comes with a lower asking price than David Price.

A potential target for the Blue Jays at the trade deadline could be Jonathon Niese of the New York Mets. As of today, the Mets are out of both a playoff and a wildcard spot and the way things are going for them, that won’t change anytime soon.

 

Jonathon Niese has been putting up career numbers this year with the Mets, posting an ERA of 2.54 with a WHIP of 1.129, both career highs for the 27-year-old lefty. It is worth noting that the Blue Jays have previously been interested in Niese but never pulled the trigger on acquiring the Mets’ 2014 ace (with Matt Harvey out with Tommy John).

With Jonathon Niese putting up career numbers at 27 and with the Blue Jays eyeing a playoff spot for the first time since they won the World Series in 1993, now would be the perfect time for Alex Anthopoulos to pull the trigger on a deal. If the Blue Jays can acquire Niese without digging further into their best prospects, AKA Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez, Anthopoulos may just have to make this deal happen.

In terms of what the Blue Jays would offer to the Mets for the young lefty, Anthony Gose comes to mind as one potential piece as the Mets were interested in the speedy centre fielder when they were looking to trade RA Dickey. Another potential player the Blue Jays could be willing to deal would be Daniel Norris, one of their better pitching prospects down at AA New Hampshire. Finally, due to the fact that the Mets will need a ready pitcher to replace Niese, JA Happ comes to mind as a thrown-in piece to complete the deal.

Although the New York Mets may not want to part with Niese, especially considering he is locked up at a very affordable rate for the next four seasons, the Blue Jays should do their absolute best to pounce on the opportunity to bolster their rotation with the lefty for the upcoming stretch before and after the all-star break.

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  • Andrew van Laar

    I think the asking price for Niese would be sky hight at this point. He is having a career year, two strong previous seasons, hes 27 and is locked up for another 4 years. I would have to think a package for him would be Stroman/Hutch, Norris/Sanchez, Gose and another high upside young arm like Tirado or Osuna. Anything less and the Mets GM would be doing himself a disservice if the Shark will command a haul like that.

    • Andrew van Laar

      oh and like you said Happ. I would go for this trade if Happ was included in that package. Im sort of kidding but sort of not….

    • japester

      So 2 of the Jays starting pitchers, 2 SP prospects and Gose for Niese? You know that the Cubbies only wanted Hutch and Stroman/Sanchez for Samardjizi right? Happ and Gose are plenty for Niese.

      • Andrew van Laar

        The asking price for Samardjiza has gone up. They want a 4 player package like they had paid for Garza.

        And sorry I don’t know if you misunderstood me but it was one of the SP, 2 SP prospects and a Gose.

        If they want 4 players for a guy with a year and a half left on his contract and who is two years older than Niese and who has been mediocre until this year, then I would have to expect the cost for a pitcher who is 2 years younger, has 4 more years on his contract and is the better pitcher with a longer and better track record would have to be at least the same would you not agree?

        • japester

          Sorry for the delay, life getting in way of fun. And I guess I misunderstood, my appologies. I completely disagree. Stroman is 4yrs younger and has years of control, not to mention a better slash line. Now statistically, hutchinson are equivelant to Neise, however is making 0.5m this year and is controllable for years to come while Neise is 25/ 5. While Neise has a decent HR/9 rate he doesn’t pitch in the bam boxes of the ALE. So no, Hutchinson and Stroman aren’t worth Neise in a 1for 1 trade let alone adding 2 prospects (Sanchez (#20 prospect), Nolin, Norris I’m assuming) and Gose.

          While Happ has a higher line than Neise he does pitch in the ALE, but while in the NL he posted up respectable numbers for the Phillies and earns half what Neise does. According to baseballamerica, Gose is a plus defender, plus arm and plus speed. At 23, still has years of team control. By the things I’ve read Chris young is nearly out of job so Gose fills a that hole and saves $7M.

          So, saving $12M, getting a second rounder, controllable player in Gose and an inexpensive #4 or #5 in Happ for a team that is/should be in rebuild mode is more than reasonable.

          However, since Neise just went on the DL the whole thing it moot. It was however a good baseball intellectual exercise.

  • Andrew van Laar

    On thing to point out, I missed this before, Niese’s FIP is almost a full point above his ERA so he may be coming back to the earth sometime soon and along the lines of his previous two seasons.

  • bob l.

    alex please do not trade another young stud to the mets. let’s develope our young pitchers. it worked pretty well for the cards last season.

  • Jglub780

    Why would the mets trade a proven MAJOR league 2/3 lefty starter who’s got one of the best contracts in baseball for UNPROVEN prospects. Either the mets get a proven hitter or a major haul for Niese like goes and either Sanchez or stroman. If any of those three players end up as good as Niese blue jays will be happy