Mets Option Niese, Robertson, Cancel to BisonsMarch 20, 2009 - International League (IL) - Buffalo Bisons
The team also reassigned RHP Matt DeSalvo, LHP Casey Fossum, RHP Kyle Snyder, LHP Jon Switzer and LHP Heriberto Ruelas to minor league camp.
Niese, 22, was a combined 12-9 with a 3.44ERA last year with time at Double-A Binghamton, Triple-A New Orleans and the Mets. He totaled 155 strikeouts in 178.0 innings of work. He is rated the Mets #3 organizational prospect by Baseball America.
Robertson, 27, spent most of the 2008 season with Triple-A Tucson before joining the Arizona Diamondbacks. With Tucson, he was 7-4 with a 5.02ERA in 47 relief appearances (71.2IP). He pitched in six games out of the Diamondbacks' bullpen and was 0-1 with a 5.14ERA.
Cancel, 32, played 27 games with the Mets last year and hit .245 (12-49) with one home run and five RBI. He also hit .346 (18-52) in 15 games with Triple-A New Orleans.
The Bisons 2009 Home Opener is just 20 days away, Thursday, April 9 against the Pawtucket Red Sox at Coca-Cola Field (3:05 p.m.). Individual tickets are on sale on bisons.com or by calling THE-HERD (716-843-4373).
International League Stories from March 20, 2009
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- Mets Option Niese, Robertson, Cancel to Bisons - Buffalo Bisons
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