Jul 5, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches against the Texas Rangers during the first inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Colon, 41, has been solid for the Mets in 2014, compiling a 3.99 ERA and and 1.18 WHIP in 121.2 innings pitched over 18 starts.
Colon’s FIP (fielding independent pitching) is 3.66, indicating that he’s been a bit unlucky although his numbers are quite good overall.
The Mets signed Colon to a two-year deal this past winter for $20 million. Colon is due $11 million in 2015.
Making Colon available is the proper course to take for a number of reasons.
The Mets have a surplus of starting pitching, making Colon’s potential presence in 2015 a luxury more than anything. Even if Colon is moved, the Mets will still have seven pitchers – Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Jon Niese, Jacob deGrom, Dillon Gee, and Rafael Montero – for five spots in 2015.
Moving Colon would also give the Mets more salary flexibility in 2015 and allow them to import more talent that can help moving forward.
The Mets, at 45-50, are playing some of their best baseball in years, but moving Colon would not be much of a hindrance.
In the short-term, Daisuke Matsuzaka could remain in the rotation. Once Noah Syndergaard is deemed ready, he can slide into that rotation spot with Matsuzaka moving to the bullpen.
While the Mets have a surplus of starting pitching and moving Colon would benefit them, that doesn’t mean they should allow another team to acquire Colon without giving up something solid in return – and the way Sandy Alderson has operated should give Mets fans confidence that the potential return for Colon will be a good one.
For teams in need of starting pitching help, especially ones who don’t have the chips to deal for David Price, Colon would be a very good consolation prize.
The Mets should be pitting these teams against one another until one of them ponies up a deal for Colon that they view as too good to pass up.