NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With left-hander Jonathon Niese headed to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the New York Mets are eyeing a reunion with right-hander Bartolo Colon. And there is "mutual interest" in closing a deal, a team official said.
The Mets were interested in re-signing Colon anyway for a bullpen role. But using Niese to acquire Neil Walker from the Pittsburgh Pirates opens a rotation vacancy until Zack Wheeler returns from Tommy John surgery in June or July.
Colon, who turns 43 in May, went 14-13 with a 4.16 ERA in 33 appearances (31 starts) during the regular season in 2015 with the Mets.