The Winter Meetings begin a week from today, but the Mets’ time in San Diego figures to be uneventful because they only have one commodity to spend – and saying that is a stretch.
It is fashionable to say the Mets have lot of young pitching and they do, but they aren’t willing to trade Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. You can appreciate them reluctant to trade any of these foundation building blocks.
Another common thread is none are expected to bring much in return, which means don’t anticipate anything happening. At least, anything of significance.
Two will be the Opening Day rotation because Syndergaard won’t be brought up prior to June to preserve his Super Two status. Bet on it being Niese and Colon, with Gee possibly going to the bullpen in long relief.
However, at $5 million, that’s steep for the bullpen, and more so for the minor leagues.
With other options, both of the trade and free-agent variety available in the market, teams could shy from Niese ($36.5 million over four years if both options are picked up) and Colon ($11 million).
Niese’s contract, injury history and mediocrity make him especially hard to trade.
If the Mets move any of the three, it might be more likely to happen at the trade deadline.