Former GM now ESPN analyst Jim Bowden thinks there is a 50 percent chance the Mets trade RHP Bartolo Colon, with the Yankees, Blue Jays, Angels, Indians, Pirates and Mariners among teams that could have interest (ESPN Insider, June 27).
According to Bowden, “a one-for-one deal with a good prospect at the high Class A or Double-A level would be the most likely return.”
Peter Gammons has said the Orioles and Brewers could be a fit for Colon as well (Gammons Daily, June 12), since the do not have enough prospects to trade for David Price, Jeff Samardzija or Justin Masterson.
The A’s, Angels and Rangers will also be among teams looking to add a starting pitcher this summer, according to columnist Joel Sherman (NY Post, June 18), who points out that Angels 1B prospect C.J. Cron and Rangers 2B prospect Rougned Odor are blocked by players on their big-league teams.
“What you worry about with Colon is when he breaks down,” an American League GM told Gammons.
The 41-year-old Colon will earn $9 million this season, and is due $11 million in 2015.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mets signed Colon to be consistent known player in the rotation. He’s needed, not just in theory, but in practice. And they’re going to end up needing the same thing again this winter, because there is no telling how Matt Harvey will return from surgery, all the while Noah Syndergaard may go in to next year a question mark again (since he may not pitch in the big leagues this year).
In the end, interested teams will be leery of Colon’s age and money and the return is likely to be less than Sandy Alderson would be seeking, given Colon’s role on next year’s team. So, my hunch is that Alderson will keep Colon, even though the Mets will certainly talk with interested teams about moving him.