Joel Sherman of the New York Post says the Yankees, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Padres, and Rockies have all asked the Mets about Jon Niese.
According to Jon Heyman, the Mets are looking for multiple players in return for Niese, including a catcher, infielder and prospects.
Andy Martino of the Daily News and Mike Puma of the New York Post both say the Mets are looking to get back major-league talent. Sherman’s sources say the Mets want a placeholder starter pitcher Rockies RHP Jason Hammel. In addition, he says they’re looking for a young position player, as well as other prospects, all of whom could rise to the big leagues at around the same time as Matt Harvey, Zach Wheeler and Jeruys Familia.
It’s worth noting, however, that Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal is saying the Mets are not necessarily ‘shopping Niese,’ but simply listening to offers.
Actually, Martino says the Mets are listening to trade proposals on “just about everybody,” though a source says it’s very unlikely R.A. Dickey gets moved. Martino also says teams have asked about Mike Pelfrey, but the Mets have been underwhelmed by what people are offering.
Similarly, earlier today, Sherman said the Mets are listening to offers for everyone but David Wright – after which SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt said, ‘Ike Davis isn’t going anywhere,’ based on his conversations with a reliable source. Also, Sherman says – though the Mets have asked around – they have found absolutely no interest from other teams in Jason Bay.
Despite all the talk of trades, two Mets officials told Martino it’s not likely Niese will be traded tonight. Similarly, one Mets official told David Lennon of Newsday that he’d be ‘surprised’ if Niese is traded this evening as well.