Jon Niese, who left Saturday’s start against the Rangers with a rapid heartbeat, received some encouraging news earlier today.
Niese went through a battery of tests at Henry Ford Hospital — including an electrocardiogram, echocardiogram and a treadmill stress — all of which came back normal, according to David Waldstein of the New York Times. However, the 24-year-old will wear a heart monitor over the next 24 hours to check for any abnormalities.
Niese said after leaving Saturday’s game that he has experienced similar symptoms in the past. Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said the condition is known as tachycardia, which in layman’s terms means a fast or irregular heart rate. Naturally, the Mets won’t confirm Niese’s availability for his next start until the heart monitor is examined by doctors.
Niese is 7-6 with a 3.67 ERA and 79/32 K/BB ratio through his first 16 starts this season. He has a 2.36 ERA over his last eight starts.
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed a trade involving starter Matt Harvey with at least two teams. Apparently, the Mets were even willing to move Harvey for a reliever.
The Mets tendered Harvey a contract on December 1. He’s entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and will likely see a slight bump from last season’s salary of $5.125 million. As a result, there was some thought going into late November that the Mets would non-tender Harvey.
Harvey, 28, made 18 starts and one relief appearance last year and had horrendous results. He put up a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Between his performance, his impending free agency, and his injury history, the Mets aren’t likely to get much back in return for Harvey. Even expecting a reliever in return may be too lofty.
Along with bullpen help, the Mets also need help at second base, first base, and the outfield. They don’t have many resources with which to address those needs. Ackert described the Mets’ resources as “a very limited stash of prospects” and “limited payroll space.”