Teams Were Unwilling To Meet Mets’ Asking Price On Colon


The trade deadline is over and Bartolo Colon will make his next scheduled start. Joel Sherman of the New York Post said there were teams that were interested, but not at Sandy Alderson’s asking price. Sherman expects the Mets to try and move Colon in the offseason.

Teams were also reluctant to take on Colon because of his age and the $15 million still due to him though the 2015 season.

He’ll be easier to move this winter when he has just one year and $11 million remaining on his deal, which may seem comparable to other available starting pitchers on the market.

July 31

Here are the latest rumblings from some baseball insiders on Mets starter Bartolo Colon and whether he’ll still be a Met by the end of today’s non-waiver trade deadline at 4:00 PM EST.

The Baltimore Orioles have checked in on Colon according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. However, Heyman hears that the Mets are still undecided on whether to trade him. Heyman says the Giants and Mariners are among other teams that have been mentioned for Colon as possibilities, but that teams are hesitant due to his $11 million salary during his age 42 season in 2015.

Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog says that the Mets have no interest in paying Colon any of the money he has left on his contract and they are waiting to simply place him on waivers August 1 and trade him for nothing to any team that claims him just to shed themselves of his contract.

However, MLB Trade Rumors says that while the Mets aren’t sure whether or not they’ll trade him at this time yet, GM Sandy Alderson isn’t one to simply dump salary in trades.

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that “there’s no traction between the Royals and the Mets for Colon” and that barring a change, “the Mets don’t seem likely to be active today”. However, Martino adds that he’d be surprised if Colon were with the Mets in 2015, suggesting that any deal for Colon won’t happen until the offseason.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post also hears the same on Mets being likely to stand pat today. Sherman says that a better market will develop for Colon in the offseason, when he’ll have just one year and $11 million remaining on his contract.

Finally, Mike Puma of the New York Post reported that “nothing has changed” regarding Bartolo Colon. and that the Mets “won’t eat any of the $13 million” he is owed. Team officials told him that they expect the veteran right-hander will still be a Met on 8/1.

July 30

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News is reporting that the Kansas City Royals are interested in New York Met’s starting pitcher Bartolo Colon.  The Royals are looking to add depth to their rotation, but the main question is whether they have the payroll flexibility to take Colon’s remaining contract, which is approximately $14.25 over the next year and remainder of this season.  However, the Mets are supposedly willing to eat around $2 million of that amount in order to facilitate a trade.

As Thursday’s trade deadline gets closer, the pool of available starting pitchers is growing shallow.  The Tampa Bay Rays woke up out of slump and have climbed back into the playoff race, winning 9 out of their last 10 after the All-Star break.  Speculation swirled around a potential trade of ace pitcher David Price, but given their recent success, it’s only makes sense they would retain him.

San Diego had made Ian Kennedy available in talks, but rumors indicate that the Padres are more likely to trade reliever Joaquin Benoit.  This year, Kennedy has a respectable 3.66  ERA and opponents are batting .245 against him, but San Diego hasn’t received any offers that justify moving one of the stronger pieces of their rotation. 

The only other remaining big ticket pitchers being discussed are Philadelphia’s starters, Cliff Lee and A.J. Burnett.  The problem with both players is the timing and size of their contracts.  Both are free agents at the end of 2014 and Lee, in particular, is owed more money over the second half of this season alone (approximately $16.5+ million)  than Colon would be owed over the remainder of his deal.

The Royals have a few position prospects that could complement the Mets growing list of position players on the farm, but it is unknown whether the Mets have evaluated any of Kansas City’s top young talent and who would be the most plausible fit should a trade be executed.  Colon’s most recent performance on Monday night certainly put his veteran talents on display as he breezed through 7.2 innings surrendering 1 earned run and lowering his ERA on the season to 3.88.  It will be interesting to see what happens over the next 24+ hours, but the Mets now appear in a better position to move Bartolo off the books than they did earlier in the week.

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