Dickey would be the one to go for me
Dickey is much older and Niese is under contract for many years out with the 5 year deal plus option years
Dickey does have a very hard pitch to hit (if moving) so that limits the righty lefty difference BUT I do like to have at least one lefty.
With that said, There is not much in terms of lefty SP down in the system - MAYBE Gorski but he needs to show more to me -- early pitched very well and then fell at AA
Of the 2 Niese will bring back more but Dickey bring back ANY Value is a win. IF you remember we signed Dickey as a minor league free agent and he is going to bring back something of need to an organization will alot of them.
This is totally dependant on the return.
Each would net different caliber players.
But if we boil of reality and say the return is identical then you keep Niese.
IMO Dickey is more of a sure thing than Niese is.
Dickey was very good in 2010 and 2011, plus amazing in 2012
Niese had one good season, and his whip was still pretty high. I know he Could be getting better but he also could have maxed out. We don't know.
I think if the idea is to compete in 2014 than trading Niese and getting some solid hitters back, and keep Dickey in the rotation will be for the best.
All good answers so far. Honestly, I'm torn if we were faced with this decision.
On one hand we have a solid, young lefty who is under control for a few years. On the other we have a one of a kind Ace who will take more money to keep.
In the end though, I guess I would have to agree with what thebobymon said. Whichever pitcher gets us the best return gets traded.
All things else being equal, I would keep Dickey. He's more of a leader, and gives the team some charcter. Also, I'm not really convinced about Niese. I think he'll be good at times, but could well have periods of regressing, particularly if they leave him in longer.
Another consideration for me is I don't like the idea a rotation filled with players who are going to be around a long time. I think there should always be some fluidity to the staff, with openings developing every year or two, and a competition for the last spot a regular thing. Dickey fits into this situation better for me.
"who is not likely to be here beyond 3 years in any circumstance"
Says who? YOU?? If Dickey pitches like he has the guy could be here for another 5-years.
He's a knuckleballer whose MASTERED the pitch. The guy could pitch like he did this year for multiple years, why not?
Niese had 1-good year, Not great. He could get us some serious value in return, offensive value this team truly needs.
Well obviously Mets management believes they can compete in the next couple years, and Dickey can be a solid part of that team.
The Mets will NOT get a good haul for him because he's a 1-year rental whose 38 years old.
He has more value with the Mets.
He'll be the ace of the staff for the years I believe the Mets will compete in '14/15
niese,younger and left handed ,but neise could probably bring back more in a trade....
ug! hard decision but id have too say keep niese.
UNLESS niese will bring us d'arnaud and two top outfield prospects.overall itd be better for the team