Mets “actively” looking to trade Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee

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Their first big move of the offseason was to sign 35-year-old outfielder Michael Cuddyer, but the Mets are apparently trying to part ways with some veteran pitching.

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that they’re “actively” looking to trade one of Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese, and Dillon Gee and “have already engaged clubs” on possible deals.

According to Davidoff they’re not expecting big returns, but instead want to free up some payroll space to invest elsewhere and are confident enough in younger rotation options to move on without a veteran.

Colon is due $11 million in 2015, Dee is projected to make about $5 million in 2015 and is also under team control in 2016, and Niese is under contract through 2018.