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Mets open to moving anyone except David Wright; Jon Niese in play

Dec 7, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

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7:15 p.m. EST update: The Yankees have also been in touch with the Mets regarding Niese, though they’d seem to be unlikely trading partners. The rivals haven’t done a deal together since swapping left-handed relievers Mike Stanton and Felix Heredia in 2004.

7:10 p.m. EST update: Sherman reports that the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Rockies and Padres are all making pushes for Niese, who would fit in as a nice No. 4 starter on a contender.


The Mets won’t part with David Wright, but everyone else on the roster is available, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman. That lists includes first baseman Ike Davis and left-hander Jon Niese.

While a Davis trade is considered a big long shot, the Mets have discussed Niese with a few teams, Sherman reports. As a legitimate middle-of-the-rotation option still four months away from free agency, Niese would be attractive to pretty much every team looking for pitching. The 25-year-old is 22-23 with a 4.39 ERA since debuting with the Mets in 2009. He missed the final five weeks of last season, but since it was an intercostal strain, not an arm problem, that’s not likely to scare teams off.

The Mets are also perfectly willing to move Jason Bay, but according to Sherman, they’re not getting any hits on him.

  1. missthemexpos - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Four months from free agency is not very long.

  2. Jonny 5 - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    What about Santana?

    • sdelmonte - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:17 PM

      You think anyone wants a high priced pitcher back from a prolonged absence whose fastball is no longer fast? I think he can still produce wins and outs, but I can’t imagine there will be many takers just yet.

      Talk to me in July.

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:29 PM

        If the Mets want to munch on some salary I’d bet a whole bunch of teams would love to take the chance. But yeah, more than likely they’d rather wait until the tdl.

  3. friznitz5 - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    No idea why they’d consider moving Davis or Neise. They’re both cheap and arbitration eligible for years.

    • djpostl - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:08 PM

      You just answered your question.

      Those kind of players could bring back HUGE packages of prospects. The front office is in rebuild mode and not trying to hide that fact. They are more than willing to stink it up for a couple years, trade off parts like Niese and Davis and hope they hit pay dirt on a bunch of young talent via trades/the draft.

      • friznitz5 - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:12 PM

        But isn’t Davis and to a lesser extent, Niese, hitting pay dirt on young talent? Davis has played less than 2 years in the bigs. I don’t see the point of trading young proven talent for young unproven talent.

    • djpostl - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:20 PM

      Yeah but the point is by the time the Mets can have any shot to win those guys won’t be cheap. If they stay on their current progression they will be making really decent money in 3 plus years, even if only through arbitration.

      It’s a gamble but it is one they seem to be intent on taking. Try and trade those guys, and anyone else they can, load up on a dozen or so high end prospects and hope that 3 or 4 turn into studs to build around while that new batch is young and cheap etc..

  4. sdelmonte - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    I would open the doors on Wright as well. If we’re rebuilding, we should do it from the ground up.

    • friznitz5 - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:31 PM

      Wright is still young enough to build around, IMO. Of course, I thought the same thing about Reyes.

    • djpostl - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:17 PM

      They just can’t make a token effort to sign Reyes then deal Wright. Fan base will stay away and they will pull in numbers like the Marlins did in recent years. Still need ticket sales to pay off all that debt the Wilpons have racked up for the team ($600 plus million according to Forbes).

    • xmatt0926x - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:31 PM

      Agree with sdelmonte. Why keep Wright? You’ve already told your fans that your pretty much blowing it all up and rebuilding. Why not get a decent haul for Wright? Will he still be a viable player when the Mets financial woes end? Didn’t you just watch Reyes leave for nothing? Yeah, you may get a couple draft picks as compensation but trading these guys gets you draft picks that have already solidified themselves as top prospects. I don’t get it. Do they really think fans will come to the park to see a 90-100 loss team just because David Wright is playing 3rd? You’ve already botched the whole “new stadium” push that the marlins are now enjoying. Cut bait and move on. (and send Wright to my Phillies!!!)

  5. beerjunkie - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    No team in their right mind would take Jason Bay and his contract.

    • Jonny 5 - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:30 PM

      Padres might….. They hired Minaya.

  6. psuravens19 - Dec 7, 2011 at 4:29 PM

    David Wright’s response: Really? This sucks.

    • xmatt0926x - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:35 PM

      Seriously. If I’m David Wright I’m putting a gun to the GM’s head and telling him that you either trade me or I’m going all Don Corleone on your ass.

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