Both Jon Niese and Curtis Granderson went unclaimed after being placed on revocable trade waivers, meaning the Mets now have the option to trade one or both of them to any team between now and the end of the season.
That Granderson cleared waivers isn’t much of a surprise, given the fact that he’s owed $50 million over the next three plus seasons and hasn’t had the most stellar season in 2014.
The odds of the Mets seriously exploring a trade of Granderson and/or finding a taker who provides them something of value in return are slim. Niese, however, is a different story. The Mets might not be eager to move him, but there should certainly be plenty of interested clubs.
While he’s dealt with some nagging injuries this season while tinkering with his mechanics and seeing his fastball velocity drop a bit, Niese would be a worthy gamble for a contender. Niese, 27, is signed through 2016 and has team options for both 2017 and 2018.
Niese is owed $7 million in 2015 and $9 million in 2016.
Overall in 2014, Niese has a 3.51 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 128.1 innings pitched. Niese has posted a sub-3.75 ERA each of the last three seasons.
If the Mets were to deal Niese, they would most likely ask for a ton in return.
Contenders who are in need of pitching include the Dodgers, Yankees, and Angels.