By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have made Jon Niese available for trade, this according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Niese was acquired by the Pirates during last offseason’s Winter Meetings from the New York Mets in exchange for Neil Walker. The 29-year-old lefty has made 17 starts for the Bucs to this point, as he’s posted an ERA of 4.87 along with a 1.52 WHIP. It’s been a Jekyll and Hyde season for Niese in terms of his starts. While his 55% groundball rate is certainly good, the home run rate for him has been really bad with a 1.7 HR/9.
The Pirates are on the verge of having an overcrowded rotation with the recent call ups of Chad Kuhl, Steven Brault and now Tyler Glasnow, who will make his MLB debut on Thursday in St. Louis. Also, Gerrit Cole is expected to rejoin the club soon. With the year Niese is having, the Pirates won’t get much back in return. Probably something along the lines of a fringe A ball prospect.