Bartolo Colon, who passed through waivers in late-August, was not dealt prior to the August 31 deadline that would’ve allowed him to be on the playoff roster for an acquiring team.
There were reports that teams were ‘scared’ of the one year, $11 million left on Colon’s deal, which seems crazy considering the amount of years and dollars similar pitchers get/will get this offseason on the open market. Either way, Colon is still a Met.
With Colon still here – at least through the end of the season – the Mets will have decisions to make regarding their starting pitching heading into 2015.
The $11 million due to Colon is an important factor. For this article, though, we’ll focus solely on what Colon still being here means for the potential 2015 starting rotation.
As currently constituted, the Mets will have eight starting pitchers for five spots in 2015. Those pitchers: Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Bartolo Colon, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, and Rafael Montero.
The Mets will very likely also have Steven Matz open 2015 in Triple-A Las Vegas, potentially putting him on track for a promotion to the majors in June or July.
With eight pitchers for five spots, and with none of those pitchers ticketed for Triple-A beyond April of 2015, decisions must be made.
It’s likely that the Mets will try hard to trade Colon during the offseason. Even if he is dealt, the Mets would still have an excess of major league ready starting pitchers.
Having a surplus of starting pitching isn’t a bad thing, but the Mets will have to trade more than one of them.
In addition to Colon, the Mets can explore what they can get for Dillon Gee and/or Jon Niese, but the biggest possible return would likely be for one of their young gems.
If the Mets trade a Zack Wheeler or Jacob deGrom-type, they may be able to import a true difference-maker on offense – a risky proposition given the ceiling of Wheeler, deGrom, and others, but one the Mets may have to consider if they’re not prepared to spend big on free agents.
No matter what they do, the Mets will have to act decisively in the coming months in order to get their starting pitching house in order while importing players who can help the team contend in 2015 and beyond.