Found December 17, 2011 on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog:
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Over the last couple of weeks, a lot of people have asked me both here and on Twitter why the Mets might be looking to trade Jon Niese; a young, inexpensive, high-ceiling left-handed pitcher who is under team control for another four years, especially with so much uncertainty in the rotation over the short-term? I understand the point, but isn’t Niese a part of that uncertainty? A player’s value cannot solely be determined by the flexibility in his contract, or what he might be capable of doing at some point. Regardless of what a player is earning, his value and his ability to maximize the dollars he is earning is determined by what he does on the field. In the case of Niese, he showed some growth early in the 2011 season, as he began to refine his off-speed pitches and he showed some increased velocity on his fastball from the prior year. However, he’s had a combination of physical and mental breakdowns which has ended the last three seasons prematurely. And so, the flexibility in...
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