Bartolo Colon cleared waivers (Fox Sports, August 25), meaning he can now be traded to any team.
The Angels, Dodgers and Royals are expected to have the most interest in acquiring him, an AL executive told reporter Andy Martino (Daily News, Aug. 25).
“The Angels will be all over him,” the executive said. “They don’t have many prospects, but I believe the Mets want to clear the money.”
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.
The Mets were recently willing to pay up to $2 million of Colon’s 2015 salary in order to help facilitate a deal (Daily News, Aug. 25). They are also comfortable keeping him 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 hope to acquire a decent return in prospects, as well as salary relief, in any deal for Colon.
Matthew Cerrone: The Mets were being offered high-value prospects, but mostly guys in Double-A, from what I was told by market insiders. And, for the Mets to do a deal like that, I bet they expected the acquiring team to take on all the money owed to Colon in 2015. They didn’t, hence Colon still being on the Mets. On the other hand, I think the Mets are more than willing to pay the balance of Colon’s 2014 salary, and maybe some of next year, if it gets them a better hitting prospect in the deal.
Personally, I’m not sure I’d be in such a rush to trade Colon. I think I’d be inclined to keep him, because there is no telling how Matt Harvey will return from surgery. Also, Noah Syndergaard may go into next year a question mark since he may not pitch in the big leagues this year. I’d deal Colon for someone who can help next year, or if I felt clearing his money could realistically allow them to sign a better hitter for 2015. But, short of that, I’d rather have the veteran arm, who, by the way, could always be traded again next summer…