The Mets have still not put Bartolo Colon through waivers, according to reporter Joel Sherman (NY Post, Aug. 21).
Multiple reports have speculated the Angels could have renewed interest in Colon, since losing Garrett Richards (13-4, 2.53 ERA) to an apparent season-ending leg injury.
The Mets listened to offers for Colon prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but reports indicated he was more likely to get dealt during August, if he is to be traded at all (NY Post, July 31).
Teams turned away from Colon in July because of his age, body shape, history with steroids, and Sandy Alderson’s reluctance to pay a portion of the $11 million due to him in 2015, Sherman once told MLB Network. Instead, he said the Mets may look to move Colon this winter when, with one year and $11 million on his deal, he’ll be more valuable compared to comparable starting pitchers getting significantly more money on the open market.
If Colon is put on waivers, and a team claims him, the Mets can dump the contract on that team, work out a trade, or pull him back — which would make him ineligible to be dealt again this season. If Colon were to clear waivers, he can be freely dealt at any time.
Ben Berkon: Colon, 41, has pitched notably well for the Mets in 2014, posting a 3.85 ERA (versus a 3.40 FIP and park-adjusted 3.61 xFIP) over 161 1/3 innings. With under $13 million remaining on his contract through 2015, the right-hander would be an attractive addition to just about any team’s rotation. But that doesn’t mean the Mets should actually trade Colon this offseason >> Read more from Aug. 20.