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Mets re-acquire Jon Niese, send Antonio Bastardo to Pittsburgh

In a swap of southpaws, the Mets acquired Jon Niese from Pittsburgh in exchange for Antonio Bastardo.

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After posting a 4.91 ERA through 18 starts with the Pirates, left-handed pitcher Jon Niese will rejoin the Mets organization. According to Jon Heyman, the Mets re-acquired Niese at the end of the trade deadline, sending lefty reliever Antonio Bastardo to the Pirates. Bastardo, who signed a two-year deal with the Mets over the offseason, appeared in 66 games for the Bucs last season.

After a rumor surfaced that the Mets were set to acquire a pitcher from the 2015 team, Heyman's report concluded a bizarre trade deadline for the Mets. Initially thought to be targeting bullpen help, Sandy Alderson instead picked up a back-end starter and reliever in Jon Niese, who had a 4.13 ERA in a tumultuous 2015 campaign with the Mets. Niese, who pitched out of the bullpen throughout the Mets' playoff run last season, will likely be used in relief but will be available for starts as needed. After delivering pointed remarks at the Mets following his trade to the Pirates, Niese will rejoin his former team in pursuit of a playoff spot.

Bastardo will be the second left-handed reliever the Pirates acquired from the NL East this trade deadline, picking up Felipe Rivero from Washington in the Mark Melancon trade. Bastardo's stint with the Mets was a forgettable one, surrendering a .286 batting average to left-handed hitters after signing a $12 million deal over the offseason.

Financially speaking, the Mets could save around $6 million in 2017 with this trade. Niese has a $500,000 buyout on a $10 million team option, while Bastardo is guaranteed $6.625 million.