The 37-year-old appeared in 50 games for the Mets last season, interrupted by two trips to the disabled list. He pitched to a 4.37 ERA with 28 strikeouts and 12 walks in 45 1/3 innings of work.
The Mets did not offer contracts to pitchers Jeremy Hefner and Scott Atchison, infielders Omar Quintanilla and Justin Turner, and utility man Jordany Valdespin, making the five free agents.
David Wright returned to the Mets’ lineup on Saturday, though he couldn’t help the Mets prevent an extra inning loss to the Brewers.
“It’s tough,” Niese said. “Obviously (if) we were playing next year we wouldn’t be in that situation. That’s the beauty of replay and how necessary it is. It is what it is. (Layne) made the call, and we just got to get over it and come back after the off-day.”
The Mets have placed infielder Justin Turner on the 15-day disabled list with pain in his ribcage, setting up a roster shuffle that led to top prospect Zack Wheeler being added as the extra player for a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves.
Mets reliever Jeurys Familia is scheduled for surgery Wednesday on his right elbow, sidelining a promising young arm in New York’s struggling bullpen.
Jon Garland pitched seven solid innings in bitter cold, Troy Tulowitzki homered and hit a go-ahead single and the Colorado Rockies beat the New York Mets, 11-3, on Thursday.
When the hard comebacker off the bat of Carlos Beltran (of course it was him) smashed off the right elbow of Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner on Tuesday afternoon, you just had to laugh — to keep from crying.
While Mets have had their share of injuries during spring training, but Shaun Marcum’s right shoulder doesn’t appear to be a major issue.
Coming off their fourth straight losing season, the Mets enter spring training with a projected rotation of Johan Santana, Jon Niese, Shaun Marcum, Matt Harvey and Dillon Gee, a quintet that combined to go 35-34 with a 3.26 ERA last season.
The Mets have added another piece to their revamped bullpen.
Marcum officially signed with the Mets on Wednesday and is healthy and ready to go. Mets special assistant J.P. Ricciardi drafted Marcum when he was Toronto’s GM back in 2003, and Marcum saw the Mets as a good fit for himself some 10 years later.
Second baseman Daniel Murphy and the Mets have agreed to a one-year contract worth $2,925,000, avoiding salary arbitration.