UPDATE, 12:19 PM:
During an appearance on the MLB Network, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said that in addition to the Orioles, both the Giants and Mariners have interest in acquiring Bartolo Colon.
Heyman again stressed that the market for Colon hasn’t developed as expected.
However, with Jon Lester now off the board and David Price perhaps not far behind, Colon should be garnering more interest from contending clubs in need of starting pitching.
The market for Bartolo Colon has not developed the way many thought it would, but there is still the possibility Colon is moved prior to Thursday’s 4 PM non-waiver trade deadline.
The Royals inquired about Colon on Wednesday, but it was reported at the time that Kansas City might not be able to take on the salary necessary to acquire Colon or a similar pitcher.
Early Thursday, another possible suitor emerged.
According to Jon Heyman, the Mets are still unsure whether they should deal Colon in-season or wait until the winter. Heyman cites Colon’s $11 million 2015 salary as a potential deterrent, but notes that his performance warrants it.
If there’s a deal on the table for Colon where the Mets would be shedding his salary and bringing back something of value, it’s very hard to see Sandy Alderson passing that up.
If dealt, the Mets could plug Colon’s spot with either Noah Syndergaard or Rafael Montero. Heading into 2015, the Mets would still have a starting pitching surplus, with Syndergaard, Montero, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, and the returning Matt Harvey.
Ever since Colon was signed, it seemed like the move would be to deal him during the season, and that’s exactly what the Mets should be looking to do.
The teams that either miss out on or can’t afford the big names out there on the pitching market need a fallback option, and Colon could be that guy.
Colon’s age and salary both keep getting mentioned as reasons his market hasn’t developed, but neither of those reasons make much sense.
Yes, Colon is 41, but he’s been reliable and successful over the last four seasons.
As far as his contract, one year for $11 million in the current climate of insane contracts should be viewed as a bargain.
Teams who are in the hunt and in need of starting pitching include the Orioles, Angels, Mariners, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Giants, and Pirates.
Even if Colon isn’t dealt before Thursday’s deadline, there’s always the chance he can be passed through waivers and moved in an August deal.