Saturday, December 17, 2011
Mets not interested in dealing Niese
By Adam Rubin
Sandy Alderson told Jon Niese this week basically to disregard trade rumors, that he is part of the Mets' future -- at least immediate future. And that makes sense. After all, Niese still is not yet eligible for arbitration, and will not be eligible for free agency until after the 2015 season.
ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick agrees Niese is unlikely to be moved, especially in a reported potential deal for Colorado outfielder Seth Smith. Crasnick tweets:
The #Mets have zero interest in trading Jon Niese to #Rockies in a deal involving Seth Smith, baseball sources say. #Mets have high regard for Niese, who's 25 years old and has 286 K's and 106 BBs over past two seasons. One person familiar w/ #Mets thinking says club not looking to deal Niese. They would have to be "knocked out'' to trade him. Finally, Niese isn't arbitration-eligible for another year. Smith is arbitration-eligible in spring, & getting more costly. #Mets