An interesting-ish piece from Andy Martino of the New York Daily News hit the interweb this morning, in which not only is it alleged that the Jays could have got Jon Niese from the Mets for the same package they gave up to get R.A. Dickey, but also that that’s some kind of astonishing bit of news.
Now, that’s not to fault Martino, who is just doing his job– and was an excellent source of information while the Dickey rumours were at their thickest– but… uh… yeah, I’d hope the Mets would have also dealt Niese for d’Arnaud and Syndergaard. And I like Niese, and was all about the Jays trying to go out and get him and his team friendly contract at one point, but… um… obviously?
And what really is sticking in my gullet’s craw about this becoming a thing is the quote from Martino’s source:
Turns out that the Mets had that choice. 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.”
Granted, he says he’s got a couple of people telling him that the Jays would have gone either-or, but… doesn’t that just kinda sound a whole lot like speculation, rather than the imparting of inside knowledge?
Obviously I don’t know. And shit, maybe the Jays really would have done it– I’m sure they would have traded something for Niese. It’s just… man, the package they gave up to get the reigning NL Cy Young winner was tough enough to swallow. Call me crazy, but I can’t quite see the same package being given up for Niese going over at all.
Which, I guess, is to say… I just don’t buy it. And I base that, of course, on absolutely nothing.