Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 3/7/13
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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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