Reunion! The Mets acquire Jon Niese

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Who says you can’t go home again? Jonathan Niese can. He’s rejoining the Mets. The Pirates just traded him back to New York in exchange for reliever Antonio Bastardo.

Niese, of course, spent his entire career in Queens before this season, going 61-61 in eight seasons for the Mets. For the Pirates this year he’s 8-6 with a 4.91 ERA, which would be his highest since his three-games-long rookie year. His walk rate and hits are up, as are his strikeouts, but he’s been durable so I guess that’s something. Mets fans seem to harbor some . . . not great feelings for the guy, though maybe that’s just a case of me hearing the loudest voices, not the most voices, with respect to that particular sentiment.

Bastardo has pitched in 41 games this year. It’s probably his worst season as a big leaguer, so it’s not like the Mets are giving up much for him.

This whole deal smells like two teams who have underachieved this year sort of running in place. It’s not like anyone woke up this morning thinking that this deal had to happen. I suppose they’ll tell us why at the press conference.