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Bartolo Colon is still on the Mets…

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.




72 comments
mrmet4mvp
mrmet4mvp

I have no problem with this; the Mets have some leverage, and since Colon is under contract for next year too there's no real urgency to move him right now at a low value.  I would MUCH rather them hold out now and eventually get players in return than just send him away for salary relief.  The team will still have plenty of chances to flip Colon for younger players.

dukewillie
dukewillie

For the life of me, I can't understand why Cerrone didn't post the story in the NY post about the firing of the ticket sales EVP  for a drop in ticket sales! No wonder this site is considered to be a homer mouth piece for this DYSFUNCTIONAL ownership and management team...uuuggghhh

donw
donw

This is good.  He can be the veteran innings eater on a very young staff that will include an innings-limited Harvey.  Frees up Niese and Gee to be packaged with Murphy and Montero for Stanton.  Harvey, DeGrom, Wheeler, Matz, Colon.

Marc Singleton
Marc Singleton

Is an overweight 41 year old really going to have "more value this winter"?

C.K. Dexter Haven
C.K. Dexter Haven

Well OF COURSE teams were going to offer Sandy prospects for Colon's services and not ML talent.   They NEED their major league talent because they're in a PLAYOFF race!  Sandy did you really expect a deadline deal to include the big bat you've failed to acquire for this team, time and time again?  The only team to trade for ML talent WITH ML talent was Oakland.  And how'd that work out for them?  So well that they just had to make ANOTHER trade to take a flyer on Adam Dunn to replace the offense they lost.  

Team offers you a AA prospect with no cash sweetener from you, Sandy....YOU TAKE THE DEAL!  

Just ridiculous....

Doubleday
Doubleday

Wait until December, when a couple of middle-of-the-road free agent pitchers get ridiculous salaries from suitors, and a year of Bartolo Colon for $11M will seem like a bargain.  He's pitched well for three seasons in a row - no reason to think he can't do it another season.

Joe Boko
Joe Boko

Kinda bummed but not surprised..it's the right move. Colon will be gone during the offseason, there really aren't that many quality arms on the market this year.

Unfortunately for the Mets it's the same old story...a team in financial hell needs help but doesn't wanna spend to get the help...hopefully they fall apart spectacularly come the post season.

Firing the ticket rep is such a Wilpon move...ughhh maybe if Bernie took all their money we wouldn't be listening to this nonsense.

strato
strato

Thank God we finally got rid of her. I was sick of her dragging us down. Now we can finally get down to some serious winning.

JasonMiles
JasonMiles

This ownership is so clueless. leadership starts at the top and it starts with the Wilpons. It's amazing to me-we're savy New York Sports fans. That is the one thing whether you are Republican,Democrat,Independent Black,White,Hispanice,Asian,Indian. We know our sports and we know that this management team doesn't think we know what's going on. We are expressing ourselves with our pocketbooks and its not going to change until they get a team that competes on a daily basis on the field. No more wait till next year. You want us to spend $200 (for two people all expenses) to see the Mets? Show us a ball club that can be competitive. Blame the fans and the head of Sales?? Really Wake up

BerryBeltran
BerryBeltran

If blaming and firing the ticket sales EVP is not a sign that this front office and ownership group are a joke...I dont know what other signs can point this out.


Because she is the reason fans dont come to the ballpark. It really is amazing how bad they make themselves look


Oh and Bartolo was a waste of a signing. Been good but was not needed. A double digit win season from a soon to be 41 year old was a waste for us and especially for him...however no one was going to offer that. We could of signed a cheaper pitcher and still won only 74 games...



Bob
Bob

The Mets blame their lack of attendance on the Executive VP of Sales? For sure. It has nothing to do with the fact that the best home team to play in Citi Field's history were the 2013 NL All-Stars.

dukewillie
dukewillie

That's right, blame the Tickets Sales Dept for the low attendance. Article from today's  NY Post :

"Fans weren’t paying at the box office so a Mets executive paid with her job. With only the Diamondbacks and Marlins selling fewer tickets in the National League than the Mets, the team has fired Leigh Castergine, senior vice president, ticket sales and services who had been with the team since 2010...Entering Sunday, the Mets had averaged 26,631 per home game, surpassing only Arizona (25,088) and Miami (21,484) in the National League. Seven American League clubs had averaged less."  Geez

Gland1
Gland1

The source on them being offered high value AA players is Cerrone himself. I hope readers of this blog aren't dumb enough to take that as fact. Those who still come to this blog should remember not to get all of their information from here. This place is notorious for recycling crap rumors that the illinformed believe to be true.

dtlmetsfan
dtlmetsfan

"the Mets were being offered high-value prospects, but mostly guys in Double-A" What the h*** is wrong with high value prospects in AA?

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

They will probably get less than they bargained for now that its most likely the offseason...time is not on his side..If its true Sandy had chances to aquire hi value AA players maybe he should have made a trade.

mankowski
mankowski

So they'll move him this off season. If they had traded him yesterday for nothing people would be complaining that they got nothing in return.

There will be 29 teams to work with this winter, not just 7 or 8.

cyjabeli
cyjabeli

Side Note.......Mets are getting us, the fan ready for next season......You read where TC stated he's worried about Travis and concussions......May move him to left field.......RED ALERT!!!!! Just prepping us when they cant afford a real leftfielder next season.

noah13
noah13

Getting a high valued prospect and having to pay a bit of his salary seems like it would be all you could ask for ???!!!

steve333
steve333

Why would a 41 yr old fat guy have more value in the off season when most teams aren't desperate for pitching?

This team creams my corn

Flocaveli
Flocaveli

After analyzing this, in order to sucessfull trade Tolo, we're gonna have to add at least 4 mil in the offsesason in order to get rid of him

Paul LeBarron
Paul LeBarron

Remember we are building for the future thats why its important to retain a 42 year old pitcher. Come on get with the program. 

John Pentony Jr
John Pentony Jr

Colon will be a Met all of next season too,no way he eats any of that contract.

drmetfan
drmetfan

Alderson overplayed his hand on Colon. He had his best chance to trade him during the trading deadline. The Mets are not going to get a better in the off season either. I can see Colon in the starting rotation next year.

skaye19
skaye19

@dukewillie kind of like the way the site didn't have an individual story about Backman winning Manager of the year to suppress talk about Backman

sayhey24
sayhey24

Miami doesn't need or want pitching. They want quality young hitters in return which we don't have.

happyrecap
happyrecap

@dukewillie Disgraceful! and in the NY market? Come on…

How does the free market work again? They better make a serious offer for this available slugger from Cuba. Something real, not a faint, false offer. 

I guess maybe they're really broke, if so they need to sell the team NOW.

happyrecap
happyrecap

@Gland1 "The source on them being offered high value AA players is Cerrone himself." (Gland1 September 1, 2014)

JasonMiles
JasonMiles

@dtlmetsfan They are Freakin prospects!!-We need Major league ready players!. Colon can absolutely help someone down the stretch-You wanna get to the playoffs you got to pay. I think the hang up is the money

Eric Ohlson
Eric Ohlson

I thnk his value will be less in the off-season. Teams might be more inclined to their prospects a shot or just for the fact that the available talent pool increases in the off-season.

ericccb
ericccb

@Mushroombarleysoup would Abreu really have been money well spent when we have cheap owners and Duda turning into an above average 1B.

happyrecap
happyrecap

@cyjabeli Only two degrees of alert around here Buddy, Blue and Orange! Pick one already.


If TDA played left and hit 20 HR and 30 doubles, I would not have a problem with that. That's if we TRY but fail to get that big bat - the one we all say we need.


If we passed on the chance to sign Yasmani Tomas (or made a weak offer, sent one scout to a workout while other teams were sending a team of senior evaluators, made an offer that wasn't serious or didn't seem competitive) , then I'll take more issue.

happyrecap
happyrecap

"...the Mets were being offered high-value prospects, but mostly guys in Double-A and only if they’d pay…(Metsblog August 26th)"


THAT'S the source? Just wow


He does have real value and I wouldn't be surprised if they got a decent prospect for him, in fact I very much want them to do that. Got an issue though with citing yourself as the 'source' of news. Is that too critical?


Also, I like Bartolo Colon. If he's around he's a reliable pitcher and a stand up guy, at least from what we can see. With so many young pitchers, it may be important to have a guy with experience like BC.

gangsta
gangsta

True, at this point I would take a high level AA player. I think Sandy is a bit stubborn

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@steve333 Arroyo got three years. Just one case of people overpaying late.This isn't overpaying. It's a fairly safe one year contract.  Enjoy your corn.

elcondor
elcondor

Pitchers will be signing lucrative FA contracts. 11$ may seem cheap for a team that finds themselves in need of #4 or #5. Also keep in mind what happened to the Yankees and Dodgers staffs this year, so Bartolo could be an important player next year

thecasuaLGM
thecasuaLGM

@steve333 Look at the Tigers. Most people seem to think that Scherzer will leave via FA this winter to sign a mega deal. I would think that Colon in that giant ballpark should be successful and be an attractive stop-gap. just spit balling. who actually knows what or if there will be a market for him

pj10
pj10

He eats everything else so it wouldn't surprise me.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@drmetfan since you knew what people were offering, I bow to your special knowledge

stemog
stemog

@drmetfan Wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. He has been pretty solid for the most part. I know everyone wants to see all of the young guys up here, but you don't know what you're going to get from them. As much as we'd all like to think it, they're not all gonna be Matt Harveys or Jacob deGroms. Some will fail. With Colon you know what you've got.

happyrecap
happyrecap

@skaye19 @dukewillie This is the toughest to understand. Are they so bigoted and deadset against Wally? Do they require every manager and blog writer to kow-tow and play up to them? This is getting creepy around here.

The thing is; Wally wins. Players like to play for him. If he's the manager there's a distinct chance these guys adopt a winning mindset - as in, they start winning more games.

Let's put this in perspective: Met's stink out the joint at Citifield  and their attendance is the third worst in the NL. That's real money (big money) out of the pockets of owners, vendors, etc.

Then consider if they hire Wally and start an upwards ascent. Win games, fans will pay to see them again. Money arrives with fans. The owners win, fans win.  

I fear it's an ego thing with ownership and/or with Sandy. If so, they need to get outside their comfort zone and hire Wally.

For the record, I'm not a TC hater. He's an okay guy. But Wally might change the culture. I think that's a worthwhile risk to take.

For the record as well, a winning Mets team makes other real estate ventures in the area of CF much more lucrative as well.

For the record, and in case anyone's wondering, I have no skin in the game and don't know anyone or do business with anyone who does.

Gland1
Gland1

? Did you read the article? Did you click the source link?

Eric Ohlson
Eric Ohlson

However, seems to me you almost never receive MLB ready players in these waiver deals. You can ask for what you want, doesn mean you'll get it. This is a case in point. It would make no sense th Mets would expect to get good prospects and salary relief in the same deal though.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@thecasuaLGM Agreed. With Scherzer and Lester being the top dogs available and then the likes of Shields, and the big market Yankees, Red Sox etc looking to add, it will be interesting to see what shakes out. 

And you're right what do the Tigers do with Price (with only one more year of control)  if and when Scherzer leaves? 

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@BringBackDaveTelghe Supposedly the Orioles, Twins and Rangers were offering one year deals. So Sandy had to go to two years to lock him up. No one else was willing to go the two years. 

Eric Ohlson
Eric Ohlson

I fully expect Colon to be on the roster start of next season, either because the Mets will have dealt one of their pitchers or just as insurance until one of their prospects is ready to make the staff at which point he will probably be more tradable because his contract is expiring. Don't really think SA tried that hard to trade him with that in mind.

pj10
pj10

I really wouldn't mind it either. He isn't going to bring back a star studded prospect anyway, and it seems that the plan was to cash in this year and to make the playoff push next year. Colon on the staff to lead the young guns in those pressure filled situations is a good thing to have.

Harvey, Colon, Wheeler, Neise, Degrom looks good on paper. Syndergard is waiting to make the move with Gee or Montero paired with Murphy and _______ to net some sort of offense.

happyrecap
happyrecap

@Gland1 ! did you not understand my sarcasm? !

! did you not read my post below ! (which was exactly what you were saying) I'll copy it here for you:


"...the Mets were being offered high-value prospects, but mostly guys in Double-A and only if they’d pay…(Metsblog August 26th)"


THAT'S the source? Just wow…"


JasonMiles
JasonMiles

@Eric Ohlson All comes from an edict from the Wilpons. This past season they didn't increase payroll. They just replaced Santatna's and Bays salaries-Barely-The philosophy of the front office is very disturbing

Gland1
Gland1

Lol no I did not read all of the comments in here. Too much garbage to filter through.