Mets shopping Bartolo Colon, reluctant to trade Jon Niese

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As baseball’s trade deadline approaches the New York Mets will be sellers.

Two players who contenders will have interest in are staring pitchers Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese.

The New York Daily News reports that the team “may actively shop” Colon who inked a two-year deal worth $20 million in the offseason of which $11 million is due in 2015.

Colon has pitched well of late and owns a 8-6 record to go with a 3.88 ERA in 16 starts this season.

While Colon may pique the interest of teams, Niese may be the hotter commodity though the Mets are reluctant due to his contract which has him scheduled to make just $16 million over the net two seasons. Two additional options on his contract total $21 million for 2017 and 2018.

Niese, 27, has a 2.88 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 16 starts.

The Mets could be willing to trade Colon, or even Niese consider they have Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, a returning Dillon Gee and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Add in Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero at Triple-A Las Vegas and the Mets have a surplus of pitchers.

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