NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets are “actively” trying to trade one of their veteran starting pitchers, according to the New York Post’s Ken Davidoff.
Davidoff reports that the club hopes to make significant progress at next week’s Winter Meetings.
The New York Post’s Joel Sherman reported on Sunday that general manager Sandy Alderson hopes to deal one of Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee or Jon Niese by the start of the season.
A trade doesn’t appear to be close. There are more attractive pitchers rumored to be on the trade market, and A.J. Burnett is the only significant free-agent starter who has been signed. Once the dominoes begin to fall, the value of the aforementioned trio will go up. It’s likely that Alderson will wait it out and make a deal when teams have more of a need.
New York has a surplus of pitching. Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom are virtually untouchable, and promising 24-year-old Rafael Montero made eight starts for the Mets in 2014. Top prospect Noah Syndergaard is expected to make his major-league debut in 2015.
It makes the most sense to trade Colon, who is due $11 million in 2015. But it might be difficult for Alderson to move that salary.
Gee, arguably the worst of the veterans, is projected to make about $5 million in 2015. He’ll be a free agent following the 2016 campaign.
Niese, who has the most value because he’s a lefty, has struggled with injuries. The 28-year-old is under team control through 2018, though his contract includes team options for 2017 and 2018. He will earn $7 million in 2015.
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