Colon is scheduled to pitch Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. He is under contract for $9 million this season and $11 million in 2015.
Danny Knobler also heard the Mets are trying hard to move Colon. Sources have told ESPN New York that the Mets are receptive to trading Colon with the team considering itself deep at starting pitcher.
The Mets have Daisuke Matsuzaka they can turn to, Jeremy Hefner nearing a return from elbow surgery, and prospects Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero in Triple-A. Plus Matt Harvey is due to return from Tommy John surgery next season,
According to club sources, the team will listen to offers for Bartolo Colon and may actively shop the veteran right-hander, writes Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Though Colon is owed $11 million for next season, the view within the industry is that contract won’t prohibit the Mets from making a deal with a contender in need of rotation help. An AL executive called Colon’s contract “relatively friendly.”
The sources also told Puma that Sandy Alderson feels no pressure to deal Colon and could wait past the July 31 non-waiver deadline to maximize the return.
The 41-year-old Colon, who signed a two-year contract worth $20 million last offseason, is 8-6 with a 3.88 ERA in 16 starts for the Mets in 2014.
Jim Ingraham, beat writer for the Cleveland Indians, says a reunion between the Tribe and Colon would heighten the team’s chances to make the post season.
If the Indians climb back into the race, or feel they have the chance to, my first call would be to the Mets, about Bartolo Colon. Over the last year and a half, with Oakland and the Mets, he’s 26-12, with a 3.09 ERA. Who cares if he’s clownishly chubby, 41 years old, and owed $11 million next year?
The News-Herald columnists proposes trading 2012 first round pick center fielder Tyler Naquin and 19-year old shortstop/outfield prospect Dorssys Paulino for Colon and $3 million. Another report on FOX Sports Ohio suggested a similar proposition for the Indians.
Colon began his MLB career with the Tribe (1997-2002).
ESPN’s Jim Bowden believes the Yankees, Blue Jays, Angels, Indians, Pirates and Mariners could all have interest in Colon, who he says could fetch a good upper-level prospect. He says there’s a 50% chance the Mets will deal the veteran righthander.
With Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel now off the market, Colon could be an attractive option for a lot of contenders.