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.