None of the three is likely to bring back a particularly robust return. Instead, giving up a veteran arm could help the Mets plug holes elsewhere (lefty reliever, bench player or prospect) and give them some payroll flexibility. If they are to find a shortstop in this market, which will be no easy task, the Mets likely will have to use another resource, be it money or more valuable trade chips.
This comes as no surprise, as the Mets have a strong presence youth pitching in 2014 NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom, Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard. All of these pitchers, with the possible exception of Syndergaard, who is expected to start the 2015 season at Triple-A Las Vegas, are expected to make a major impact in the Mets’ starting rotation. So, there is clearly no room for both the young pitching and the names being shopped.
Bartolo Colon, 41, has one-year, $11 million left on his current two-year deal with the Mets. Colon remained rather effective in flight circumstances in New York in 2014, pitching to a 15-13 record and a 4.09 ERA, along with a 85 ERA+ in 202.1 innings pitched over 31 starts, compared to his amazing 2013 campaign, where he had a 18-6 record and a 2.65 ERA, along with a 147 ERA+ in 190.1 innings pitched over 30 starts for the Oakland Athletics.
Dillon Gee, 28, is projected to make about $5.1 million in his second year of arbitration eligibility next season, according to MLB Trade Rumors. During his 2015 campaign, Gee went 7-8 with a 4.00 ERA and a 87 ERA+ in 137.1 innings pitched over 22 starts, compared to his 2014 performance, where he went 12-11 with a 3.62 ERA and a 98 ERA+ in 199 innings pitched over 32 starts for the Mets.
Jon Niese, 28, has two years, $16.5 million left on his five-year deal, which also includes options for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Niese had a slightly better showing than his 2013 season, going 9-11 with a 3.40 ERA, along with a 102 ERA+ in 187.2 innings pitched over 30 starts. In 2013, Niese went 8-8 with a 3.71 ERA, along with a 96 ERA+ in 143 innings pitched over 24 starts for the Mets.