Pirates demote struggling Niese to bullpen

WASHINGTON (AP) The Pittsburgh Pirates have moved struggling left-hander Jonathon Niese to the bullpen. Manager Clint Hurdle announced the decision Friday before the team opened a three-game series at the Washington Nationals. Niese is 7-6 with a 5.13 ERA in 18 starts this season. Niese said he understood the move but didn't expect it. Niese has allowed 20 home runs, struck out...
Via Associated Press
12 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Trade Rumors: Pirates ‘Trying To Move’ Jon Niese Or Jeff Locke

The Pirates probably aren’t going to catch the National League Central division-leading Chicago Cubs, who hold a 7.5-game lead over Pittsburgh. That said, the wild card is very much attainable for the Pirates. They are just 1.5 games out of the second and final wild-card spot. How might Pittsburgh improve its roster heading into the trade deadline? Well, two pitchers could be on...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Latest On The Pirates’ Rotation

Multiple reports last week indicated that the Pirates are shopping left-hander Jon Niese, and and today Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review adds that the Bucs are trying to move Niese and/or fellow lefty Jeff Locke (Twitter link). Trading either struggling southpaw would create a permanent spot in the Pittsburgh rotation for Tyler Glasnow, whose name, as noted by Biertempfel...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Fixing the Pitcher the Pirates (!) Made Worse

The Pirates have developed a reputation for their work with pitchers. Ray Searage seems to receive most of the credit, but the club’s recent successes with arms like Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volquez, A.J. Burnett, J.A. Happ, and Joe Blanton is probably a group effort to some degree. No matter who the true pitcher whisperer is, the Pirates have clearly become a team that takes...
Via Fangraphs
19 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Mets: Revisiting the Neil Walker-Jon Niese trade

After setting a major league record with homers in six straight postseason games and leading the New York Mets to their first pennant in 15 years, it wasn’t easy for fans to say goodbye to former longtime Met Daniel Murphy. The Mets’ 2006 13th round pick had one of his best seasons in 2015, recording a career-high 14 home runs and 73 RBIs in the regular season before setting...
June 08, 2016  |  Discuss

Jon Niese looks to keep the Pirates rolling

Inside of a week the Pirates have gone from a horrible ball of stress and frustration to a vaunted offense bludgeoned their way towards the upper part of the National League. This is possible because it’s only April, of course, but it’s a welcome change from the week that preceded it. Jon Niese takes the mound tonight to try and keep his perfect record intact, though I’ll admit...
April 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Jon Niese seems like a good fit for the Pirate Approach to Pitching

There was plenty of discussion (read: analysis, hot takes, etc.) when the Pirates swapped Neil Walker for Jon Niese over the winter, but there was one unmissable implication in the trade itself: the Pirates wanted Jon Niese. Sure, they wanted his contract (the two team options give them a lot of control over a potentially valuable arm), but the Pirates tend to acquire pitchers they...
April 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Jon Niese Just Couldn’t Resist, Takes Shot At Mets Defense

Jon Niese didn’t take his trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates too bad. In fact, you could say he sounded like a guy who was relieved to be putting the /New York Mets behind him.’ Never being one to hide his emotions, especially if his defense let him down, Niese told Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: “I didn’t enjoy facing the Pirates; they have a great lineup...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets360 2015 projection review: Jon Niese

Last offseason, all we heard was how Jon Niese was damaged goods, that he had no trade value and that he would wind up on the disabled list sooner rather than later.  Niese stayed off the DL but his season was uneven at best and by the end of the year he was relegated to the bullpen for the playoffs.  With that in mind, check in on our original piece to see what we thought coming...
December 08, 2015  |  Discuss

MMO Mailbag: Should The Mets Trade Jon Niese?

Tyler asks… Why is Jon Niese still on this team? They should have traded him two years ago but now it’s even more important to get rid of him and put that $9 million dollars to better use. Thoughts? Dr. Dooby replies… The frequent calls to trade Mets left-hander Jon Niese to pick up some payroll flexibility are somewhat perplexing and even misguided. Most teams need 9...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 02, 2015  |  Discuss

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