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Mets will listen, may shop Bartolo Colon

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.




547 comments
Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

Matt,


Why would Colon be worth more to the Mets than a contender?  


The Mets have young, developing arms - no shortage there.  Get a good prospect and shed the $'s for this year's Free Agency market.

John Ganley
John Ganley

Trade him....just NOT to the YANKEES

Natalia Lombardi
Natalia Lombardi

Keep him but train him. He needs to lose some weight and get in better shape. He's an athlete and looks like he sits at a buffet all day.

Jack Fitzpatrick
Jack Fitzpatrick

They have to trade him but please, please, UNLOAD Collins first.

Kevin Bobé
Kevin Bobé

I don't even know why they picked him up on the first place, he's way out of shape, and he lost all his pitching mechanics!!!!

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

The only thing about trading for Chris Taylor is the emergence of Matt Reynolds. They are virtually carbon copies at this point. Taylor does have a consistent track record where Reynolds does not. And Ruben Tejada has bounced back nicely. Mets fans do not want Murphy traded and Dilson Herrera is rising rapidly. And we also have Wilmer Flores. d'Arnaud's improvements and Plawecki's rise make trading for a catching prospect unnecessary. With Juan Lagares a fan favorite, Curtis Granderson's recent play, the drafting of Contorto, and rise of Brandon Nimmo, I don't know that we need any more outfield prospects. The most obvious trade, therefore, might be a multiple-prospect trade for a star from a non-contender, but I don't know that any team is going to trade a Tulo or Stanton when there is a shortage of star players today.

jedimet
jedimet

A lot of pieces seem to be coming together finally (Duda, d'arnaud, Granderson, bullpen, etc), but I think the Mets have to start thinking more boldly. Sandy needs to have the kahunas to trade David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Dylan Gee for Troy Tulowitzki.

Eric Campbell can hit better than David, but he needs seasoning at third base. I think that will come in time.

Daniel Murphy can be replaced by Matt Reynolds at Second.

While it's always hard to give up pitching, I think we have enough depth now (with Harvey coming back and Syndegard coming along next year) to handle it. I love David Wright, but gaining Troy Tulowitzki could end this long dismal era of bottom-dwelling and turn the Mets into a contender.

It takes guts to pull off a trade with two team's respective stars. But I think both teams would profit. The Rockies need pitching and might want to extricate themselves from Troy's enormous salary. Of course the Wilpon's might be too poor to take on such a contract. If so, that would be another indication they can't afford to own a baseball team in the NYC market. Too bad we can't trade owners. A lot of fans may not know that for a number of years the Wilpons actually disbanded the lower-level minor league clubs in order to cut expenses. Hence. they short-changed Met fans even with developing young talent (the least expensive way to improve a ball club). Their bargain basement thinking (such as guaranteeing Chris Young a certain number of at-bats) has cost us wins this year. It seems odd, not only that Collins continues to play Chris Young, but that he keeps inserting him in the center of the lineup (5th and 6th). Is this a contractual imperative, too? Or is Collins blind to the fact he can't hit a fastball over 92 mph?

I apologize for this rant, but I've been a Mets fan since the first spring training game in 1962 and I had to get it off my chest. I'm accustomed to suffering, but this is getting really hard to watch. I'm sure the Wilpons are good people, but if they can't do right by the team's many loyal fans, they should put aside their egos and do what's best for the masses, namely, sell to someone who can.

Katie Leonard
Katie Leonard

Can we trade collins and put Keith in the dugout

Dick Frost
Dick Frost

I'm sure Sandy knew he was most likely going to trade Colon the second he signed him.

Michael Herrington
Michael Herrington

The signing of Colon was to flip him to a playoff team for a prospect in the first place. By in large the crazy idea was the need to make the playoffs this season with Colon.


Please move him and move on, Colon never had a future with the Mets.

Bryan Koehler
Bryan Koehler

trade him we have enough pitchers counting harvey coming back next year! We need a bat!!!

Mark Kalet
Mark Kalet

not the yankees sandy. Jays to screw the yankees.

Joe Liotine
Joe Liotine

Sellers again...what happened to 90 wins....

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

Here's what minorleagueball.com had to say about Taylor: 7) Chris Taylor, SS, Grade B-: Looks to have a broad base of skills, good defense, on base ability, speed, gap power, has outhit expectations so far. Great pick in the fifth round in 2012 from Virginia.

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

I'll take Chris Taylor, AAA SS for Tacoma of Seattle. He's a 23 year old, 6-1 190 SS who's hitting .325 with 31 RBIs in the PCL. Seattle went with Nick Franklin as one of their 3 big league shortstops. Don't remember that Taylor was mentioned this winter.

Ryan Lepper
Ryan Lepper

Pick up a good hitter and a good starter for Colon

Stephen Walker
Stephen Walker

Trade him. Didn't like that they got him in the first place. Shows desperation and shows what management already knew what kind of season they were going to have.

Lui Leger
Lui Leger

What are they going to get for him?

Jim Hague
Jim Hague

Trade him. Get a pair of old shoes and $37 bucks for him

Kevin Ivester
Kevin Ivester

Reguardless who u trade it won't help put a fork in it the Mets r done .

Raymond Chaney
Raymond Chaney

Just a question? Why the hell do we need a pitcher? We should trade for a hitter considering that our offensive is 1 of the worst in baseball. We have a lot of pitching prospects in our farm club. So we don't need pitching we need a damn hitter not a pitcher.

Josh Chapdelaine
Josh Chapdelaine

He has never been in shape, and has pitched more efficiently during his age 38-41 seasons than he had during his previous seven. This is just misinformed.