New York Mets‘ Bartolo Colon cleared waivers earlier this week and is now eligible to be traded to any team before the end of the season. Colon has been the workhorse of the Mets rotation this season; he has been a quality pickup and certainly has filled a void that was left in the starting rotation. Now that the Mets are out of the playoff picture they should consider dealing Colon who has cleared waivers.
Colon has one year and $11 million left on his contract for next season, so obviously it would be ideal if they could move him before next season to free up some money. The Mets have a boatload of starting pitching, so dealing Colon really wouldn’t hurt the makeup of the current team or even in the future. The thing I wouldn’t do is just trade him just to get rid of his contract and not get anything in return for him.
There are a number of teams reportedly interested in acquiring Colon, those teams are the Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Dodgers just to name a few. If they deal him, it needs to be a similar deal like they made with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season where the Mets traded veterans Marlon Byrd and John Buck and got in return Vic Black and Dilson Herrera.
Teams should not be surprised that the Mets asking price for Colon is high. This guy can still get it done on the major league level; on the year he is 12-10 with a 3.82 ERA in 25 starts. He has been durable and has pitched deep into games all season long. He can definitely be a contributor to a team who is making a playoff run, as he is battle tested and been through it all in the MLB.
If the right deal does not present itself shortly, I would hold on to Colon and try and deal him in the offseason. There is no need for the Mets to force a trade right now if the deal isn’t right. The worst thing that can happen is they just wait until the offseason and see what the trade market is for Colon then. I know he is 41 years old, but he is still pitching at a high level.
I highly doubt he will be with the Mets next year due to the amount of starting pitching they have lined up for next season. If somehow he were to remain with the team I would have no issue with that what-so-ever. He has proved to be a solid number three or four starter and has also proved that age is just a number. Colon has done a number of good things as a Met this season; we saw him win his 200th career game and has been the veteran leader they needed him to be.
There should be no reason why the Mets don’t get a nice piece back for Colon, especially since they will eat about $2 million of his contract. Contending teams could never have too much starting pitching around this time of year. I’m not saying Colon is going to win someone a World Series, but he will certainly help a team make a run into the playoffs.