Curtis Granderson and Jonathon Niese have cleared trade waivers, according to CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, making the New York Mets free to trade them.
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