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Mets should consider swapping Jon Niese for Addison Reed

The Arizona Diamondbacks announced the demotion of former-closer Addison Reed yesterday. With a 5.92 ERA and 1.81 strikeouts-to-walks ratio over 24.1 innings this season, the move was hardly surprising.

Reed, acquired in December 2013 from the Chicago White Sox for top prospect Matt Davidson, saved 32 games for the Diamondbacks in 2014. But the disparity between his 4.25 ERA and 3.26 xFIP created a contentious “tale of two pitchers” storyline.

Seemingly, the 26-year-old’s 2014 ERA was more indicative of his actual abilities.

Yet, despite the ugly surface statistics in 2015, several of Reed’s peripherals expose a potential bargain for a willing organization. So perhaps the New York Mets could pounce, and swap embattled starter Jon Niese for Reed. Continue reading

Why doesn’t Sandy Alderson realize Jon Niese’s value is so low?

According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Milwaukee Brewers may have rejected the New York Mets’ straight-up offer of Jon Niese for veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez yesterday evening.

With the Brewers apparent desire to throw-in the towel on 2015, Ramirez – along with Matt Garza, Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, and Jean Segura – could potentially be had.

That is, not in exchange for Niese: a 28-year-old southpaw starting pitcher, who owns a career 3.90 ERA (versus a 3.68 xFIP) and 2.67 strikeouts-to-walks ratio.

Even though the left-handed pitcher’s 4.43 ERA (versus a 3.81 xFIP) to-date isn’t exactly dominant, Ramirez is batting just .213 with a park-adjusted 72 wRC+. Oh, and Ramirez is almost 37, and plans on retiring after the season.

This should be pretty embarrassing for the Mets’ front office.

So if there’s a consensus amongst general managers that Jon Niese’s value is so low, why hasn’t Sandy Alderson received the memo? Continue reading

The New York Mets can improve from within, but refuse to

Getting no-hit by San Francisco Giants’ rookie Chris Heston last night was another low point to the New York Mets’ season. Despite the morale blow, the Mets are still, somehow, in first place in the NL East.

But not for long.

For you see, the Mets have the ability to improve — without even making a trade — but for reasons unknown, they refuse to. Continue reading