Monday, February 20, 2017
Now that Jonathon Niese has traded the Mets’ orange and blue for Yankees pinstripes, he’s hoping to find out what it will be like to pitch on the other side of a Subway Series this summer.
After agreeing to a Minor League contract with the Yankees, Niese was in uniform for Monday’s workout at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Niese will compete for a spot in the bullpen.
“I’m really fortunate to be part of this organization,” Niese said. “It’s probably one of the most successful franchises in history, so I’m proud to wear the uniform.
“With the Mets, they treated me well there. I had a lot of good years, made a lot of great friends. I have nothing but great things to say about that organization, but just like every ballplayer, sometimes you’ve just got to move on. Careers go in different directions.”
The Yanks have Luis Cessa, Chad Green, Bryan Mitchell, Luis Severino and Adam Warren competing for spots in the rotation, with some of those candidates likely to wind up in the bullpen.
Niese is a decent enough addition. The risk is pretty much nil. The upside isn’t much, either, but eh, at least it’s not much of a risk.
Chris Carter had a great quote about his offseason: “It’s definitely a tough offseason this year, but it seems like the game is changing a little bit where there is more emphasis on complete players,” Impressive self-awareness there.
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