Found January 15, 2012 on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog:
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Jon Niese went 11-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 27 games and 26 starts last year, allowing 178 hits and 44 walks while striking out 138 in 157 1/3 innings. He went 8-7 with a 3.88 ERA in 19 games and 18 starts in the first half, but he went just 3-4 with a 5.67 ERA in eight second half starts before injuring a side muscle in August and missing the remainder of the season. In his career, Niese is 14-10 with a 3.87 ERA in the first half, and 8-13 with a 5.03 ERA in the second half. Last month, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman said at least three or four teams were interested in acquiring Niese from the Mets this winter, but Sandy Alderson told reporters at the team’s holiday party that Niese was in the team’s plans for 2012. Michael Baron: There is no doubt the stuff is there for Niese to be a dominant starting pitcher, and given the haul Oakland got for Gio Gonzalez, it’s understandable why Alderson might have wanted to gauge outside interest in a pitcher like Niese. He throws a hard fastball and...
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