Jon Niese

Mets unlikely to trade Jon Niese, not sure if buyers or sellers

The Mets have no intention of trading LHP Jon Niese, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told Jon Heyman (SI.com, July 2).

“We like Jonathan. He’s the only lefty in the rotation,” Alderson said. “We’d be hard-pressed to trade Niese.”

Niese is 5-4 with a 2.88 ERA this season, earning $5 million this season and with up to four years remaining on his current deal.

In addition to Niese’s value to the Mets on the mound, Alderson said it would be difficult to trade him since the organization has just one left-handed starting pitching prospect, Steven Matz, at Double-A.



According to Heyman, Alderson said he will wait to see how his team plays over the next 10 to 12 days before determining if he’s a buyer or seller at the July 31 trade deadline.

“We like the pen. We like the rotation. Neither is where we want it to be ultimately,” Alderson said.





104 comments
Doug Otto
Doug Otto

Add the Wipons to the mix!! #selltheteam

Adam Rosenstock
Adam Rosenstock

Thank goodness cause like it says he's the only lefty in the starting rotation. You need at least one and he's a good solid pitcher. Whenever things get good again he needs to be kept as a part of it.

Darrell Smith
Darrell Smith

They have to do something sooner or later , be it a trade for a rhph or a change of Mgr. If they do nothing and continue to play like they have ,the'll be more empty seats then they have allready and CityField will be known as City Dump or Wilpons Toumb.

Lui Leger
Lui Leger

They should but doesn't make much difference

Bob Seltsam
Bob Seltsam

I too am tired of the Mets being in the "rebuilding" mode.(6 years and counting)   I am also tired of the small market mentality the ownership seems to have adopted since the Madoff fiasco.  They just do not seem to realize you need to spend money to make money (fannies in the ball park)  No one is going to show up and spend their hard earned money if ownership will not.

A 85 million payroll in NY is a disgrace, either spend money on your team or sell it!

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

By all means DO NOT trade him. After all they are doing soooo well with him. With Collins as his mgr. he can't pitch more than 5 innings in a game and will probably have Tommy John surgery soon because he hasn't pitched enough.

Rosario M. Elías
Rosario M. Elías

if he is young worth it.no one in there 30's because there is saying players dont post the same numbers when there in there 30's.

Victor Lora
Victor Lora

They need to spend money on free agency and get power bats to support pitching

Victor Lora
Victor Lora

The only thing the mets have thas good is starting pitcher

Ny Predators
Ny Predators

Sell what? The only pieces which can actually perform. If you keep getting rid of players that perform when exactly will you become better. I mean I agree a guy like colon could get you a prospect but the Mets never seem to stop rebuilding. Been a small market mentality for years now

Thomas Marion
Thomas Marion

Good, he's young, healthy, and under our control for a few years. Trade Colon if anything

Jack Trama
Jack Trama

Don't trade anyone just shut the Mets organization down completely.

John McCarthy
John McCarthy

Keep niese, trade Colon and dice k. Pitch the youngsters.

Jose A Vasquez
Jose A Vasquez

There has been talk about this for years and I always say you do not give up on lefties more so young ones and he is starting to come into his own; leave him be. IDIOTS if they trade him

Bill McCooe Jr.
Bill McCooe Jr.

Not right now unless a power hitting outfielder in return. A solid lefty with a good salary, I would wait. Lefties a valuable commodity .

Scot Nesbihal
Scot Nesbihal

What could you get for Niese? Not much, doesn't pay to trade him now.

Jim McEnroe
Jim McEnroe

If they become sellers, I'll stop following the team.

Jersey Joe
Jersey Joe

Doesn't matter. There done. AS ALWAYS.

pjeffs
pjeffs

@SNYtv feel sorry for Niese then.. Stuck here in Met Management Idiotland!

PB
PB

Yes, Sandy's results have been crappy so far with the major league team, but he has brought our minor league clubs from absolute garbage to 6th, with a manager in Wally Backman that has produced a winning team at every level. These past few years were merely to hold us over, let guys develop and shed terrible contracts, he just hasn't come out and said it. Even though we don't see the young guys just yet...they are there and progressing. CY was a bad gamble...but a gamble none-the-less. He didn't workout, but other guys he brought in did....Byrd, Buck, Granderson, Colon...

He has made some great pickups (and a lot not so great), but has been able to move them at the deadline to expand our youth for the future. You can hate on Sandy all you want because we aren't seeing results right now...but you can't say he hasn't given us a great foundation of young good players for years to come. He turned an extremely overpaid payroll with no young talent into a far cheaper team with young talent out the anus, all while being in the same range of W/Ls that we were when we had nothing.

Turning a franchise around doesn't happen overnight, and you can hate how we're doing right now on the field...but Sandy has done a good job acquiring talent in uncanny ways and you'll see it in the years to come. These things take time...it's just taking longer than we wanted it to. Next year when we get Harvey back, and the SS market is much better, I think we'll make a few moves because we will finally have a little more money to work with.

My one complaint about Sandy is that he pretends we actually have a shot this year...we are not buyers, and he should just stop beating around the bush and admit it. He needs to give us the truth and tell us clearly what's going on and stop pissing off the fanbase...for his own sake. You can say I'm drinking the 'kool-aid' all you want, but the results are there, you just have to look past the dumpster fire of our current team and see deeper. We have some good pieces right now, a lot of bad ones and a whole lot of youth with room in the payroll not tied down to longterm contracts. When the time comes, we will make moves. He's not the best, but he has progressed us more than you notice.

Qotita del Sol
Qotita del Sol

@PB i don't think you know what that expression means..if you DID believe sandy's suggestion that the team might go somewhere this year, THAT would be "drinking the kool-aid." you, sir, are NOT drinking the kool-aid.

PB
PB

@Qotita del Sol @PB I just meant drinking the kool-aid in the sense of having faith in the management.

@PB  I like your comments you are a very wise person  

Michael Herrington
Michael Herrington

@PB Right on on all counts.


Sandy's job is to build a strong organization for the long term. Struggling by signing/trading for washed up vets just to reach a .500 record does not thrill me. I want what the Mets use to be. A strong organization built on their young players. Then once they know they are close to winning it all and have the young pieces to trade, go get that final piece they need. Think Gary Carter deal.

Frank Tangorra
Frank Tangorra

He's been here 4 years now. Winning at the major league level has to be a priority. His first 3 drafts were high school players. Those players take twice as long to develop. His job is to field a respectable major league team. He has failed at that. He makes excuse after excuse and believes himself. The record speaks for itself.

PB
PB

@Frank Tangorra exactly...not all of these players have to come up at the same time. That's the point I'm trying to make...he's setting us with many good players for many years to come...a better foundation. The man is completely restructuring the franchise from the ground up not just putting glue on dollar bills to plug the holes.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@PB Next year when we get Harvey back, and the SS market is much better, I think we'll make a few moves because we will finally have a little more money to work with.


Where's that money coming from? They don't have money to work with next year unless they move salary this year or raise payroll. Nothing they've done suggests they can/will increase payroll next year

Kyle Paul
Kyle Paul

Good. What would we do with all of our puns that involve using his last name as a substitute for the word "nice"? And the pitching's pretty good, too. ;-)

Kevin Ma
Kevin Ma

They will do nothing just like every year.

Keith McCabe
Keith McCabe

Harvey-Wheeler-Neise-deGrom-Syndergaard. (Trade Colon,Gee and Montero) in a Package with Prospects For Offense