MLB Trade Talk: Why Eduardo Nunez for Jonathon Niese Deal Works for Both Teams

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MLB Trade Talk: Why Eduardo Nunez for Jonathon Niese Deal Works for Both Teams
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In baseball, making trades with other teams is never an easy task. Making trades with a team from the same city, though, is an even more difficult task and rarely happens these days. However, the Mets and Yankees each have certain needs and a trade between the two teams could potentially benefit both teams in the future.

With Jose Reyes having signed with the Miami Marlins, the Mets have a gaping hole to fill at shortstop. A few in-house candidates could take the job, such as Ruben Tejada, or even Justin Turner if he is willing to change positions. However, the Mets could also sign a free agent or acquire a shortstop through a trade. One person that could be a good fit with the Mets is Eduardo Nunez, the Yankees' backup infielder. He won't be able to start with the Yankees due to the presence of Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez and has enough skills to become an everyday shortstop.

The Yankees, on the other hand could use some depth in their starting rotation. Beyond C.C. Sabathia, Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes, the rest of the rotation is rather inconsistent. Furthermore, with Sabathia as the only left-handed starter, the Yankees could use a second southpaw in the rotation. One pitcher that could fit the description is Jonathon Niese of the Mets. Niese has developed into a solid middle rotation starter and is likely to keep improving in 2012.

A trade between the Mets and Yankees regarding Eduardo Nunez and Jonathon Niese could definitely work out for both teams: here are a few reasons why.

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