New York Mets
Jon Niese, whose season ended when he landed on the disabled list on Aug. 24 with an intercostal strain on his right side, said the injury is no lingering issue.
"I felt really good when the season finally ended," Niese said. "Obviously the Mets weren't going to risk it. I wasn't going to risk it, trying to squeeze in one or two more starts, then get hurt again. But right now I feel great -- 100 percent -- just working out hard, the same as last offseason. I feel good and I'm looking forward to spring training."
Niese said he has discounted trade rumors, noting the chatter is part of the business. And, in fact, it's hard to envision him getting traded unless the Mets are absolutely overwhelmed with a trade offer. After all, he's arguably the Mets' top pitcher and still making close to the major league minimum.
Mets personnel reached out to Niese after the trade rumors surfaced to assure him he is part of their plans, the southpaw said.
"It really didn't matter to me," Niese said about the trade rumblings. "That's the beauty of baseball, that it's a business. The decisions aren't mine. That's why I don't wear a suit to work. So whatever happens, happens. Obviously the Mets have stressed to me that they really like me and they want me to stay here."