The Mets did not trade Bartolo Colon before Sunday’s deadline to move a player and have him eligible for a postseason roster.
He signed a two-year deal that will pay him $11 million next season, after which he can be a free agent.
The Mets had been willing to pay up to $2 million of Colon’s 2015 salary in order to help facilitate a deal (Daily News, Aug. 25). However, they were also comfortable keeping Colon and exploring trades again after the season, since they feel he could have more value this winter when compared to other pitchers on the free agent market (Newsday, Aug. 24).
According to Martino, the Mets had hope to acquire a decent return in prospects, as well as salary relief, in any deal for Colon(Daily News, August 26). In July, prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, the Mets were being offered high-value prospects, but mostly guys in Double-A and only if they’d pay a larger chunk of his 2015 salary, according to market insiders (MetsBlog, Aug. 26).
The Royals hadn’t been in touch with the Mets in late August (Heyman, Aug. 27) and the Dodgers were not nearly as interested in acquiring Colon as had been first reported (Gammons, Aug. 28). The Angels once considered trying to trade for Colon, but Los Angeles didn’t want to spend beyond the luxury tax (Fox Sports, August 27)…
The Pirates, Orioles (CBS Sports, July 31), Blue Jays and Mariners were said to have interest in acquiring Colon at different points earlier this summer.