After putting outfielder Curtis Granderson and left-handed starting pitcher Jonathon Niese on revocable waivers a few days ago, the New York Mets are now able to trade them to any team as both players cleared waivers on Monday.
It is hard to imagine any team would be willing to deal for Granderson considering he signed a four-year, $60 million contract prior to the 2014 season. Not to mention, his .229 batting average and 46 RBI are hardly inspiring. He has displayed power here and there, but unfortunately, he’s not playing well in August so far.
On the other hand, Niese is someone teams will be very interested in. In fact, it is somewhat of a surprise that he cleared waivers in the first place. It is true that the Mets would prefer to trade starting pitcher Bartolo Colon instead of Niese, although Colon has yet to officially be put on revocable waivers. However, if the right deal comes along, look for New York to pull the trigger.
Niese is 6-8 with a 3.46 ERA, 96 strikeouts and 1.3 wins above replacement in 135 1/3 innings this season. Any team that is contending for a postseason berth could definitely use his talents.
According to CBS Sports, the top two teams that could show interest in the 27-year-old are the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels. The Dodgers are determined to remain atop the National League, which means adding another stellar arm to the pitching staff is in their best interest. Meanwhile, the Angels are in a dogfight in the American League West. The loss of Tyler Skaggs has left a gap in the starting rotation that must be filled if they want to contend in the division.