By: Brian Mangan
With the news that the Mets are actively shopping Jon Niese, I took a look at what the Mets might expect to be able to acquire in exchange for their cost-controlled, league-average lefthander. After looking at a few recent trades involving similar pitchers, I agree with Matt Cerrone who said that a package involving Niese could get the Mets an “an out of favor or boxed out youngster or a veteran” nearing free agency.
To establish this comparison, I looked for pitchers aged 32 or younger who within the last four years had an ERA within a quarter point of Niese, with 35 or more wins, 650 or more innings, and a K-BB ratio of 2 or better. Surprisingly, I found only 9 comparables: