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Andy Martino of the Daily News, asks a thought-provoking question in his column this morning:
Would you have rather traded Jonathon Niese, instead of R.A. Dickey, to Toronto for Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard?
Turns out that the Mets had that choice according to Martino.
While Niese faced Team Venezuela Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, two people with direct knowledge of last December’s deal told me that the Blue Jays were willing to send the same package to New York in exchange for Niese.
“Toronto has loved Niese for years,” one source said. “They absolutely would have done that.”
The view from here has always been that the Mets should have retained Dickey, and found another way to stock the farm system, but we’ll give equal time to the other perspective. Niese is much younger, lefthanded, and working under a team-friendly contract. At 26, he probably has more years remaining in baseball than the 38-year-old knuckleballer.
That’s kind of difficult to answer. On the one hand yo...
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When talking about Jon Niese… well that’s the thing. Niese isn’t often spoken about, particularly as a respected pitcher in the NL East, an esteem he deserves after his 2012 campaign.
Granted yesterday’s outing in which the young southpaw gave up four runs over 2 1/3 innings in Venezuela’s 14-10 routing of the Mets is not the Jonathon Niese that should be respected....
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Players hit in the cages this morning as it rained here. The weather here has been awful; rainy and chilly. Nothing sun drenched about PSL these days.
Those hitting include Daniel Murphy, who took an injection for a strained intercostal muscle on his right side.
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New York Mets pitching prospect Jenrry Mejia returned to camp Friday and can resume baseball activities after being diagnosed with a hyperactive thyroid gland.
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Ike Davis is now in the mix of names being considered for Team USA’s currently vacant first base position for the World Baseball Classic says Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com.
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