According to the WAR-to-dollar scale on FanGraphs.com, the Mets are getting a $13 million-a-year season out of Bartolo Colon, who will actually earn just $9 million.
Colon is due to make $11 million in 2015, after which he can be a free agent.
Matthew Cerrone: This is what was at the heart of why Colon has yet to be traded, because I’m sure Sandy Alderson is holding him up at that higher value, while most teams also see next year’s salary, his weight, health history and age.
It reads like Colon has yet to be put on waivers. There is talk that the Tigers, Yankees, and others could have interest in trying to trade for him if he gets through. I don’t expect a team to claim him just to block him, because several reports around the time of the non-waiver trade deadline indicated Alderson might be inclined to just let Colon go for nothing in an effort to clear his next year’s salary. In either case, the above valuation speaks to why Colon may be most valuable this winter and not this August…
According to Mike Vorkunov’s math, Curtis Granderson is on pace to essentially equal his $13 million salary; while Chris Young, who was already designated for assignment, brought back just $2.8 million in return for his $7+ million deal, according to FanGraphs. Also, while David Wright is also under-delivering, Juan Lagares is having a $16 million season >> Read more at the Star-Ledger.