Jon Niese is the key to the Mets acquiring a bat

Posted: June 30, 2015 in News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanSpring 2013 014

With Steven Matz’s incredible debut Sunday the countdown to Jon Niese being kicked out of the Mets rotation has already begun.

Niese has had a subpar season although he has been a lot better recently. He clearly is the next guy to lose his spot but Jon still has a pivotal role in the 2015 Mets season.

Niese is the Mets trade bait.

Teams like the Cubs (who Niese faces tonight) and Dodgers have shown some interest in Niese. The Mets won’t be getting all that much in a deal for Niese but clearing his $7 million salary could help the Mets go out and get the bat they are going to need. The Mets aren’t going to be trading one of their top prospects like Noah Syndergaard or Steven Matz to get the bat they are looking at the trade deadline and they won’t be adding significant payroll which really prevents them from doing nearly anything. However if the Mets can clear Niese’s $7 million then they can use that money along with lesser prospects to go get a versatile bat in a separate deal.

The Mets waited far too long in similar situations with players like Ike Davis and Dillon Gee, overvaluing their market which forced them to give away Davis and DFA Gee.

The perfect fit for the Mets on the trade market is Ben Zobrist. He can play many positions including shortstop, second base or the outfield. Zobrist won’t cost Sandy Alderson a player like Matz or Thor to get as he is 34 and a free agent to be. He is also on a reasonable contract as he is making just $7.5 million in the final year of his contract. Expect the A’s to get a ton of interest in the Zorilla but his best fit is clearly with the Mets because he can play so many different positions and he has also hit everywhere in the batting order in his career. (Including 120 starts as a leadoff batter)

Zobrist is hitting .383 with three homers and 13 RBI over his last 14 games. He had a slow start thanks to April knee surgery but he seems to be back in his All-Star form and the A’s are 10 games out of first place in the A.L. West at 35-44. They should be ready to sell soon and the Mets should be knocking on their door to acquire Zobrist once they clear Niese’s money.

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – You are absolutely right on about Ben Zobrist. I exchange emails regularly with a small group of Yankee fans that I used to work with before I retired in 2010. One of them just this morning before your article about Niese and Zobrist was delivered wrote that he thought the Yankees should go after Zobrist. All I can say is if the Yankees “Cash” man beats Sandy to the punch on this while Sandy continues to do nothing to improve the Mets in 2015 then the entire Mets fan base is going to heat up and possibly boil over. Clearly, the time is now for Sandy to call Billy, talk about the good old days and get this deal done. Thanks, Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike the Mets are running out of time to get a deal done and save their season. With each passing day it gets less and less likely that the team will do anything to improve

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