Pirates GM Neal Huntington said that 'in hindsight,' he'd rather have traded for prospects instead of LHP Jon Niese.
Huntington acquired Niese from the Mets this past offseason in exchange for INF Neil Walker.
"In hindsight, maybe the two fringe prospects and trying to figure out where to re-allocate the money might have been a better return (for Walker)," Huntington told 93.7 The Fan. "That's where the results take us."
"Given the thinness of the starting pitching market, given the dollars that we had available, we felt that that was our best return, and it has not played out that way," Huntington added. "And that's a challenge, we own that, we accept that."
Niese, 29, has posted a 5.49 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 101 2/3 innings (18 starts) for the Pirates this season.
He had a 3.91 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in eight seasons with the Mets.