The Mets will listen to trade offers and may actively shop RHP Bartolo Colon, according to team sources (NY Post, July 4).
The Yankees, A’s, Blue Jays, Angels, Orioles, Brewers, Indians, Pirates and Mariners have all been listed in reports as teams that could have interest in acquiring Colon.
According to former GM now ESPN analyst Jim Bowden, the Mets can expect to be offered one, good upper-level prospect for Colon (ESPN Insider, June 27).
The 41-year-old Colon will earn $9 million this season, and is due $11 million in 2015.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
July 2: The Mets signed Colon to be consistent, known innings eater in the rotation. He’s needed, not just in theory, but in practice. And they’re going to end up needing the same thing again this winter, because there is no telling how Matt Harvey will return from surgery, all the while Noah Syndergaard may go in to next year a question mark again (since he may not pitch in the big leagues this year).
In the end, interested teams will be leery of Colon’s age and money and the return is likely to be less than Sandy Alderson would be seeking, given Colon’s role on next year’s team. So, my hunch is that Alderson will keep Colon, even though the Mets will certainly talk with interested teams about moving him.