Placing Granderson and Niese on waivers simply gives the Mets the ability to trade them after the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. If either player had been claimed off waivers, the Mets would have had two days to negotiate a trade with the claiming team. Since they passed through waivers unclaimed, Granderson and Niese can be traded to any team.
Granderson is batting .232 with a .397 slugging percentage this season, both career-lows for the 33-year-old outfielder. The Mets signed him to a four-year deal worth $60 million before the season.
Niese has a 3.51 ERA and 1.278 WHIP in 21 starts this season. He is scheduled to make $16 million over the next two seasons. Niese's contract also includes team options for 2017 and 2018.
- Dan Gartland