Andy Martino of the Daily News, asked two Mets officials if Jonathan Niese would get traded tonight. They responded that it was unlikely, but warned that things could change very quickly.
Martino also said he believes just about every Met is being dangled, except for R.A. Dickey. A source told him that Dickey is unlikely to get moved this Winter.
According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets are currently talking to three or four teams about starting pitcher Jon Niese.
Heyman says the Mets are looking for multiple players in return, including a catcher, infielder and prospects.
Earlier today Joel Sherman of the NY Post tweeted a similar reported and cited the Red Sox, Padres and Rockies as teams that are interested in the Mets southpaw.
This comes as a bit of a surprise, but I would imagine Niese has infinitely more value than Mike Pelfrey or Dillon Gee right now.
Considering he is left-handed and only 25 years old, you would think Niese would be part of any rebuilding process, but I guess they don’t envision him as part of a 2014 rotation.
Speaking of trade value, Joel Sherman also reported that the Mets have tried unsuccessfully to shop Jason Bay. There was no interest from any team.
Thoughts by Joe D. – How many times must I say it, $85M payroll in 2012, $70M in 2013. Last thing the Mets need is a solid left handed starter who will be arbitration eligible by 2013. Everything that isn’t bolted down will be sold off under the guise of a beautiful fairy tale that we will have a competitive team in 2014. By 2014 all we will have is hopefully the truth of what forces are really at play here.