Angels will be ‘all over’ trying to acquire Bartolo Colon

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.”

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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.


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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…




178 comments
Mike Ciavolino
Mike Ciavolino

..."potential Colon suiters may also receive partial ownership in the team, access to Mr. Met, use of private Wlpon lavatory and a business card." 



Winthorp Lang
Winthorp Lang

If they can get pound for pound trade might work for mets

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

I wonder if Detroit is in on this ?..I would ask for OF Steven Moya 34 hrs and 102 rbis in AA ball.

JasonMiles
JasonMiles

The mets are the lowest of the low. We give them our loyalty and all they want to do is shed payroll and think we don't know what is going on. They are running this team like a Banana

Republic and it is going to come back and bite the freakin Wilpons on the ass

cliffy44
cliffy44

This is the best way for the Mets to lose what few loyal fans they still have.
Taking their best pitcher and discarding him as if he were a Phillies pitcher is an insult that Mets fans should "JUST SAY NO" to.

This is a stupid move for the Mets; as if to say "We don't care if we lose and if we lose fans".

The next thing they'll say is that they made the best first baseman that they ever had (Keith Hernandez) into a TV announcer that'll mostly talk about things irrelevant to the game.

Oh wait - They already did that.

They should trade d"Arneud or Murphey.  Or, even Terry Collins. 


BUT, keep Bartolo Colon.

matt520
matt520

I know people will kill me for this but I say if the Royals really want him, dump the salary and take back the enigma that is Bubba Starling.

Starling was a top 5 pick who picked a huge signing bonus with the Royals over being the starting QB for Nebraska.

Sure, his numbers are not pretty but he was not too long ago thought to be the next big thing. A couple years back he was ranked as a prospect ahead of guys like Javy Baez, Byron Buxton, Anthony Rendon and Jose Fernandez. It is undeniable he has tremendous potential.

If the Royals have truly soured on him, this may be the perfect time for the Mets to go in and try to bring out his 5 tool potential. Good be a tremendously successful gamble and at worst he becomes nothing and we dumped the salary. Its a risk I would take

hashburry
hashburry

Except that the Angels are NOT all over him. It has also been mentioned they can't add payroll.

METS HAPPEN
METS HAPPEN

Sandy,  Get me Grant Green and I'll be happy.
Thank You in advance.

letswin
letswin

With a payroll of just 125 million we would be a World Series contender. We could sign the Cuban outfielder and Hanley  for ss and keep all the young pitchers. Trade Murphy replace him with the 2b Herrara and trade Niece and Gee in the winter.

letswin
letswin

As long as the Wilpons are the owners we will be a small market team..... Reality is that we will have to trade Harvey and all the other young pitchers before they can be free agents......

Joe Boko
Joe Boko

How come no one's brought up The Giants? Instead of looking for prospects, and before you groan about another pitcher..hear me out..Bartolo Colon for Tim Lincecum.

Giants unload the $17M++ salary of a struggling pitcher looking to regain his form. In return they get themselves a solid veteran pitcher who is having himself a pretty good year.

Lincecum, 30 is in a rut to say the least. After being a dominating pitcher for most of his career, he is now being forced into the BP, leaving the Giants with no real SP to take his place. $17M seems like an awful lot to pay a RP. He only has one year left, if he were truly part of the core he would have been locked up for longer.

Colon, 41 has $11M left on his deal if the Mets eat the remaining $2M for this year. Mets with their stockpile of pitchers can afford to be patient with Lincecum and hide him in a deep rotation next year. He's shown the last two years he can pitch and pitch well. It's only one year, very little risk.

I understand Colons age, salary, blah blah blah but the guy is a competitor and those guys tend to have longer than normal careers. Freeing up payroll is a huge plus for Giants who can use it to address other needs.

Remember this, in their last 6 games...

Colon: 4-2, 39 1/2IP, 3.80ERA, 4BB, 35SO

Lincecum: 1-3, 24 2/3IP, 9.49ERA, 15BB, 22SO

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

If they Angels were "all over" Colon, then why didn't they claim him? The only reason not to would be to avoid being the hook for his entire remaining salary. Meaning they want the Mets to pick up a piece of his remaining salary. Meaning the Mets are probably going to get nothing back just to avoid that piece being very large.

Nicholas Vargas
Nicholas Vargas

I'm surprised Sandy didn't take a couple high valued AA prospects to dump 9 million dollars of Colons salary. That tells me he's looking for one AAA highly touted prospect.

John Vastola
John Vastola

If there are no quality prospects , maybe a couple of future draft picks will get it done. Colon's top value will be in off-season.

DarrolRayFanClub
DarrolRayFanClub

Your logic is that we don't want to give away 2015 talent for AA talent that is years away, unless the player we get back helps us in 2015. Like we are World Series contenders next season? Trade him for future talent. No need to have him in 2015. Waiting the extra year would only mean another year to wait on the AA player later, too. 

Blanca Recinos
Blanca Recinos

The David Wright contract was ill conceived for years and money considering the decline in performance. Batting 3rd only, he has just 124 RBI in his last 1,000 ABs!! The decline will only increase as he ages.

cyjabeli
cyjabeli

Lets get real here folks......Dumping 11 million is a good thing...... Helps us alot.....and you want a front line player to come back to boot?????

elcondor
elcondor

Perused a few Angel blogs. Opinion is Wade Leblanc will not start Mon. Randy Wolf or Chris Volstad from AAA MAY get the call. Fans feel more likely they land Colon than Feldman

George Komninakis
George Komninakis

This is probably going to be a very dumb question to some, but because i do not understand waivers that well i will ask it anyway...  what would be the reason that teams do not put all their players on wavers being that they can pull them back if the offers for them stink?

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

If he goes to the Angels, it's a salary dump. They have nothing they'll be able to give that makes the Mets better. I'm ambivalent on the issue. On the one hand, I think he's worth something to a team needing a piece. The only drawback is that such teams are not likely going to be the ones who can give a fair return for what they'll get - not now and not in the off season - I think it's a delusion and a miscalculation to believe otherwise. Keeping him may be the best value for the Mets. On the other hand, they'll hang his salary out as some lame excuse for not signing someone else or making some other deal, so dumping salary may be the best course.


Either way, Mets fans end up on the short end of this - losing a winning pitcher for little in return or keeping a winning pitcher and hearing it as an excuse to suppress the future. 

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Wow anyone  remember a player that use to play for us......24 yr old  Franciso Pena?...27 hrs in AAA for KC.

Stephen Fontana
Stephen Fontana

Trade him. He is not part of the future of the team. We can acquire an arm like his during the off season if need be. 

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

@cliffy44 Colon was always meant to be a stop gap here...he is not part of the answer...just a quick fix the Mets had to do when Harvey went down.  I agree that he does not have to be traded now...unless they are getting the hitting prospect we are looking for.  If no one bites hard now, I am more than happy to play out the year, and trade him in December.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@matt520  .219 with 9hrs in 400 some at bats in hi A ball this year.... but still only 21 yrs old.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@letswin And if the Queen had balls she'd be King. Neither one is happening

letswin
letswin

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Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@Joe Boko Yeah, but the Mets need to free up salary for the same reason, to address other needs.

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

@kingsword1 no whats funny is run on sentences without any punctuation they keep on going and you sort of lose the point of what you are talking about when the conversation started i am guessing you think i am a dodger fan i am not if you really thing the dodgers are going to trade a top overall prospect and another player for a 41yr pitcher you are out of your mind why not ask LA to throw in extra money for when he becomes arbitration eligible as well 


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no what’s funny is run on sentences without any punctuation, they keep on going, and you sort of lose the point of what you’re talking about when the conversation started. i am guessing you think i am a dodger fan,  i am not,  if you really thing the dodgers are going to trade a top overall prospect and another player,  for a 41yr pitcher, you are out of your mind.  Why not ask LA to throw in extra money for when he becomes arbitration eligible as well.  

metsjetsdu
metsjetsdu

@kingsword1 would be nice but would never happen. If we traded them colon montero and plawecki they would start thinking about what you have proposed. Joc is a serious top prospect , certainly won't get him and another player for Colon.

Blanca Recinos
Blanca Recinos

Good teams do it regularly, if nothing else it keeps players motivation to perform for fear of being moved.

nagel100
nagel100

@rstpigeon don't worry.  angels are maxed in terms of money.  they want no part of his 11 million next year and Mets should keep him as insurance.


they can trade him next year at the deadline when he won't cost much and can help a team win.  hate to say this but until the Wilpons go to 90-100 million we are spitting in the wind.

blueorange
blueorange

@albert. The mets signed him when he was 16 yrs old

elcondor
elcondor

Think he was a Catcher at St Lucie

Joe Boko
Joe Boko

No, it wouldn't. The trade is straight up for Lincecum who hasn't been the Giants ace for a while. I think my post was long enough, so I'm not going to repeat myself.

Joe Boko
Joe Boko

Trade Niese or Lincecum and Murphy for a bat. Mets will never go for FA..God forbid the Wilpons spend money

joe21
joe21

@elcondor  he went all the way to Vegas last year, but he was in the Org for so long, they had to offer him a ML contract or he became FA.

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

@Joe Boko unfortunately whether we think trading straight up is fair or not.  SF would NEVER just trade Lincecum for Colon.  You say you understand Colon's age.  But you really don't.  SF would be giving up 11 years for what...a small slice of the last 6 games?  For a pitcher that may retire in the next couple of years?  Would the Giants like to trade Lincecum...sure if the right deal came around.  Colon isn't that "right deal".  It would most definitely cost the Mets more than Colon to acquire him.  I personally would pounce on that deal.  I just don't think the Giants are that desperate to trade Timmy.

and by the way.  You said the Mets can afford to be patient with
Lincecum.  That he can "hide" in a deep rotation?  Did you actually say that?  Mets fans will never allow ANY player just to hide.  WELCOME TO NY!  He would be the first target if he did not turn it around right away.

Think of it this way.  If the Giants said to the League, they are trading Lincecum and all of 32 teams had a shot.  Do you honestly think the Mets would have the best deal just offering Colon to get him?  That's an easy answer.

Karl Leopold
Karl Leopold

@kingsword1 @Karl Leopold no, i have an education 

William John Dwyer
William John Dwyer

Quite obviously that should say "...all 30 teams..." but you get the point.

Joe Boko
Joe Boko

Yes I'm aware of that...that's why I brought up trading for him

joe21
joe21

@kingsword1 @Karl Leopold  no idea wat level of schooling Karl has, but he is making more than educated guess that asking the Dodgers to swap Colon for Pederson is ridiculous.