The Los Angeles Angels are currently sitting at the top of the standings in the American League West Division as well as holding the best record in the MLB.
However, they have lost two young arms in the last month alone.
Garrett Richards, who has been a force in the Angels rotation this season, tore his patellar tendon Wednesday night and will miss the remainder of the 2014 season.
For a team heading to the playoffs and in dire need of rotation help, I may have a solution: Bartolo Colon.
Colon, 41, signed a two year contract with the Mets this past offseason, and has done his part for New York, recording an 11-10 record, with a 3.85 earned run average.
With Skaggs missing the remainder of this season and the entirety of the 2015 season, Colon and the Angels could be a match made in heaven. Not only will he solidify the Angels rotation going into the playoffs, but will also fill out Skaggs spot in the rotation next season.
After Skaggs initially went down, a move for Colon made sense for Anaheim, but with Richards going down as well, a trade for Colon makes more sense now than ever.
Colon, who had previously pitched for the Angels from 2004-2007, is currently owed $11 million dollars in 2015.
Unfortunately there’s a glitch. You see, Colon was never placed on waivers by the Mets and according to MLB rules, he can’t be placed on waivers until after he is activated from the bereavement list.
Additionally, the Angels, who have the best record in the majors, will have to hope that Colon gets passed the other 29 teams without any of them making a claim. A team will often make a claim just to block another team from getting a player. If they can’t reach an agreement with the Mets in 48 hours then the Mets will get Colon back and that ends the process.
As our own Joe D. has been saying, Sandy Alderson isn’t simply going to give Colon away for nothing but salary relief. Especially when he could get more for him in the offseason.
We’ll never know why Colon wasn’t floated on waivers back on August 1st in the first place – if only to see if the Mets would get lucky. But it seems that with only eight days left in the waiver process and Colon still out, that ship may have passed.