Bartolo Colon clears waivers, free to be traded to any team

According to multiple sources, Bartolo Colon has cleared waivers (Fox Sports, August 25).

The Mets are now free to deal him to any team. However, Colon will be ineligible for the postseason if he is traded after August 31.


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As of last month, the Mets were willing to absorb roughly $2 million of Colon’s 2015 salary in order to help facilitate a deal (Daily News, Aug. 25). They are also more than fine keeping him through this season, while exploring trades this winter, since the team feels he could have more value this winter when compared to pitchers on the free agent market (Newsday, Aug. 24).


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Matthew Cerrone: It’s quite clear no team has interest in paying Colon’s $11 million salary next year — including the Mets, for that matter. Sandy Alderson was asking a steep price for Colon in July. I’m sure it’s the same today. He took the same stance with Carlos Beltran, RA Dickey and Marlon Byrd. He could have traded each player earlier than he did, but he researched and set his market, slow-played his hand and eventually got what he wanted. It looks like he’s taking the same approach with Colon, who I still think is more likely to be dealt this winter than this month, but we’ll see…


Colon was placed on revocable waivers this past weekend, according to Ken Rosenthal (FoxSports, Aug. 23).



The Mets listened to offers for Colon prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but reports indicated he was more likely to get dealt during August, if he is to be traded at all (NY Post, July 31).

If Colon is claimed by a team, the Mets can dump the contract on that team, work out a trade, or pull him back — which would make him ineligible to be dealt again this season. If Colon were to clear waivers, he can be freely dealt to any team at any time.


Multiple reports have speculated the Angels could have renewed interest in Colon, since losing Garrett Richards (13-4, 2.53 ERA) to a season-ending knee injury.

The Pirates, Orioles (CBS Sports, July 31), Royals (Daily News, July 30), Blue Jays, Mariners and Dodgers were said to have interest in acquiring Colon at different points earlier this summer.




734 comments
Monique Baynes
Monique Baynes

Keep him he's a good veteran pitcher who can give you 8 IP

John Aynejian
John Aynejian

I'll bet the yanks would take him in a heartbeat, but make sure they give us something valuable (if they even have anything valuable? )

Frank Markowski
Frank Markowski

Since they are playing like they are Frozen in place, I say, Let Him Go, Let Him Go. Just get something solid in return, like a quality shortstop. Of course, for all diehard Mets fans, the cold never bothered you anyway.

Corey Meyer
Corey Meyer

Trade. He's doing great right now. The Mets need to get as much as they can for him! Like what the Cubs did with Hammel!

Scott Balch
Scott Balch

Typical of the Mets. Have a good Pitcher that can help our team in more than Pitching, but to be a veteran for them. If we trade him hope we get someone good.

Mike Radecki
Mike Radecki

Bartolo Colon is a good pitcher, please keep this guy next year, like for real

hashburry
hashburry

Alders on is crafty. He's patient. Mets are still closer to last than the playoffs.

Joe Serignese
Joe Serignese

hes a keeper for now he is a winner good for the kids

triviaace
triviaace

It just shows what an idiot Alderson is.  Colon is the only Met pitcher who is winning on an almost consistent basis but now SA doesn't want to pay next year's salary.  If he can't trade him will he buy him out adding mor money to this year's contract?  The Mets need forward thinking management and that doesn't include Alderson.

Philip Krod Mende
Philip Krod Mende

Trade but get value he is still a pretty good pitcher if not keep him

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Matt, I don't like the tone of this sentence "If Colon is claimed by a team, the Mets can dump the contract on that team." If we are going to do a dump make it the Wilpons, they have been holding back the Mets from contention far too long.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Just read about Tolo and him being traded ..the Angels ,Dodgers and Royals are showing interest but the royals might not have the money to afford him and other teams are afraid of next year but their is INTEREST in him...also the Mets are said to be willing to pay 2.2 mill of his salary.

Glenn DeMilt
Glenn DeMilt

If they don't get a decent offer, keep him. Mets might need him as an insurance policy in case Harvey has any issues in the spring.

jaydhn
jaydhn

There is just no point in having him on the roster next season unless we magically become contenders... which, pssst, we're not going to be.

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

Here is a list of pitchers making over $10ML this season - how many of them would you want instead of Colon?


Zack Greinke $26,000,000

Cliff Lee $25,000,000

Cole Hamels $23,500,000

C.C. Sabathia $23,000,000

Felix Hernandez $22,857,142

Masahiro Tanaka $22,000,000

Matt Cain $20,833,333

Justin Verlander $20,000,000

Adam Wainwright $19,550,000

Mark Buehrle $19,000,000

Josh Beckett $17,000,000

Tim Lincecum $17,000,000

C.J. Wilson $16,500,000

Jered Weaver $16,200,000

Hiroki Kuroda $16,000,000

Anibal Sanchez $15,800,000

John Danks $15,750,000

Max Scherzer $15,525,000

Ervin Santana $14,100,000

James Shields $13,500,000

Ryan Dempster $13,250,000

Edwin Jackson $13,000,000

Matt Garza $12,500,000

Chad Billingsley $12,000,000

R.A. Dickey $12,000,000 

Ricky Nolasco $12,000,000

Scott Feldman $12,000,000

Yovani Gallardo $11,500,000

A.J. Burnett $11,250,000

 Ubaldo Jimenez $11,250,000

Jorge De La Rosa $11,000,000

Kyle Lohse $11,000,000

Tim Hudson  $11,000,000

Brandon McCarthy $10,250,000

Yu Darvish $10,050,000

Johnny Cueto $10,000,000

Dan Haren $10,000,000


Michael Jacoutot
Michael Jacoutot

can we get a list of players that can be packaged in a deal?  Niese cleared, correct?  Anyone else worthwhile?  

blueorange
blueorange

I can't believe the comments on here, it is mind boggling. Does anyone on here watch him pitch that states his age and $$$ owed as if it's a problem. Get a clue, for what he does on the mound he is underpaid, at 11mil you get a sub .500 pitcher with an ERA closer to 5.00. Who cares how old he is, he can pitch and it's 1 more year not another 3-4 years.

Paul LeBarron
Paul LeBarron

Nobody wanted him last winter why would they want him thus winter

Vinny Pellizzi
Vinny Pellizzi

I don't care if Colon is 70 years old.......if he can be 12-10 so far on a sub-.500 team after winning 18 games for the A's, why the heck don't we keep him?  He'll probably wind up winning 15 or 16 this year.  Who can we get for 11 Million who'll do that for us?  The guy has a rubber arm and is ageless.  He's already signed for next year and won't be given a multi-year contract where he'll falter. I just don't understand Met management.  Heck, if he were to win 15 or 16 next season, I'd give him another year after that!

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Rumors swirling around that Stanton is not committing himself to Miami.


tullydew
tullydew

Sandy misread the market. No team was willing to give him a 2 year deal. Now he is put on waivers and no team claims him.

Sandy failed

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@Karl Leopold . . .Bartolo is pitching better than some in the upper tier salary range. Based on what he's done for the Metsies says we got him on the cheap.

tullydew
tullydew

Who cares!

The entire MLB has spoken. He wasn't claimed. All 31 other teams don't think he's worth it.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

@blueorange . . . I agree. Also, next to deGrom he is fun to watch. Most of Bartolo's losses were due to non-existent offense, same for deGrom.   

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@tullydew  Cant understand why the Angels wouldn't want him..they need a starter badly...Maybe Sandy refuses to pay any of Tolos salary?