It looks like Jonathon Niese is being pushed out of the door at Citi Field. Those infamous Mets “sources” are badmouthing him — a clear sign he will soon be a former Met.
The Daily News reports that Niese cursed at Terry Collins in the dugout during his final start of the season. Now, why would anyone on the Mets reveal this? The same reason R.A. Dickey was suddenly a clubhouse cancer because he was allegedly self-involved and Justin Turner suddenly didn’t hustle. The Mets are preparing fans for a trade of this terrible, terrible man.
The thing is, the Mets could trade Jonathon Niese without telling us this and fans would not be upset. We all know the Mets are stocked with young starting pitching and Niese’s $7 million salary could be better used elsewhere. Yet they feel the need to do this again.
What is wrong with this team? It can’t be Sandy Alderson because this was happening before he got here (remember Carlos Beltran’s knee surgery?). So it’s got to be the Wilpons. Probably not Fred because this is a more recent phenomenon. So it’s likely Jeff, whose role in running the team has become more prominent over the past decade. By all accounts the young Wilpon is universally hated throughout the baseball world. And now we are learning why.
What’s going to happen when Jeff Wilpon takes total control of the team? Mets fans are hoping it never comes down to that; that the Wilpons will be forced to sell before that ca happen. But that is unlikely to happen. Fred Wilpon wants to leave the team to his son. So we will be living with behavior like this for many, many years to come.