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Mets would pay some of Colon’s salary to deal him

The Mets would pay some of Bartolo Colon’s remaining salary this season in an effort to deal him (Martino, July 25).

Colon is due roughly $2 million for the remainder of the season.

Interested teams are asking the Mets to pay a portion of Colon’s $11 million salary for 2015, according to columnist Joel Sherman (NY Post, July 23). However, Sandy Alderson would prefer not to do that (Carig, July 22).

In other words, “I think there is zero chance they find someone to take him,” a scout told Sherman. “You have to pay him $11 million next year when he will be 42 and no one wants to do that. No one is going to trust to give up prospects and take on that risk.”

The Mets could choose to let Colon get claimed off waivers and, though they’d get nothing back in return for him, they also wouldn’t be on the hook for his salary in 2015, a front office executive told Sherman, predicting that this is exactly what the Mets will try to do.


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71 comments
Bill Vanwormer
Bill Vanwormer

how bad do you want to get rid of him and what kind of prospect do you want back? More than 2 mill

steveballs
steveballs

The longer the Mets hold on to him the more valuable he gets. Sandy"s strength has been acquiring pretty good prospects when he holds the cards.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Im willing to bet Colon is more valuable than you think...135 innings  100ks  only 19 walks?...league hitting .256 against him.

steveballs
steveballs

Pederson is playing centerfield but he could start right away in left...

steveballs
steveballs

What would it take for the Mets to try and pry Joc Pederson from the Dodgers? Check out this guys stats. He's being log jammed out of bigs with that outfield they have.

herblehman
herblehman

If we can get something really valuable for Bartolo Colon, I'd trade him in a second, but what is the urgency to trade Colon for a bag of balls? He's actually been really good, for the most part. He throws strikes, is economical and seems to have a rubber arm. At least with how he pitches, he sets a great example for the staff.

And, at least right now, we need him. Noah Syndergaard might be great when he's ready, but he's not ready for the big leagues. Jon Niese is a ticking time bomb, Dillon Gee might not be right, Wheeler and DeGrom have innings limits. If and when all those issues come into play, who pitches for the Mets?

rico
rico

I think the bloggers here are making WAY too big a deal out of a tiny piece of crap writing by Sherman. You're making his assertions sound like they are facts which they are certainly not.



MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

If another team won't pay to play him then keep him. I personally like watching him pitch and his overall demeanor on the mound and with the bat. He still has a lot to offer our team the rest of the season.

Arnold Dorman
Arnold Dorman

Don't understand this logic as reported by NY Post's Sherman: "You have to pay him $11 million next year when he will be 42 and no one wants to do that. No one is going to trust to give up prospects and take on that risk."   Teams take greater risks all the time by taking on short term rentals for viable prospects.  Giants gave up Zack Wheeler for a couple of months of Carlos Beltran, think Giants would have liked to have retained him for 10 ml?  Pirates gave up Dilson Herrera and Vic Black for for a player in his mid 30s, Marlon Byrd, who was having his best season ever after fairly recent drug suspension.  Every transaction has risks.  Trade for a young pitcher and who knows, he may need Tommy John soon after.  Every prospect is a risk.  Colon is locked in for 1 year plus and shows no signs of slowing down and it is not unreasonable to expect double digit win season for 2015 on a good team.  What dif Giants have to show for Wheeler or Pirates for Black/Herrera the following season?  Giants and Pirates took on far greater risk than any team would trading for Colon.

drmetfan
drmetfan

I'm sure if the Mets are getting an almost major league ready, top hitting prospect, they would not mind picking up some of the salary.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Typical Alderson myopia. We end up, basically, bidding against ourselves and paying part of his (rotund) salary with the vague hope of scoring a low-level prospect. And how often does that work out. Are there no major league hitters available? Detroit? Baltimore? C'mon, someone must have a serviceable power bat for a proven starter.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

If they would be willing to pay his full 2014 and half of his 2015 that might bring something more substantial back in return.

Doubleday
Doubleday

Then keep him.  Bartolo has been outstanding.  If nobody wants him, it's their loss.  The way he's been pitching, he can play on my team any day.

Chad Michael
Chad Michael

With the way he is pitching I'd hate to see the Mets get nothing in return.  But I also would hate to see him eat up $11 million dollars of the Mets "tight" budget when they should have plenty of pitching depth next season.  I'd be fine with the Mets eating a portion of his salary next year if they can get a good prospect in return but if they can't then they need to put him on waivers and let him be claimed.  


Of course, as long as Sandy invests that 11 million in resigning or free agency.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

So....basically if we let him go to waivers and get claimed then we spent 10 million that could have gone to signing a bat and get nothing in return for it. I get that we are a broke franchise but why does that mean we have to piss away what little money we have?

Andrew Vazzano
Andrew Vazzano moderator

Do you think the Mets should eat some of Colon's salary to deal him?

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

Can someone please explain to me why Sandy gave him a second year?  This makes absolutely no sense!

For_Sale
For_Sale

on an unrelated note:  Stephen A. Smith is about to get fired.

mr met
mr met

@Albert E Lewis Yes I think we will get something solid in return.  Many Met fans are just too blinded by their anger.  

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

  I doubt they trade him But I would offer Colon and Flores for him and Matt Magill.

dooley
dooley

I am also not a fan of Sherman, but I believe the logic is that a team would rather have a rental for two months, and save the 11 million on a more desirable free agent during the off season, just like the Mets would do if he is dealt.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

@drmetfan  Dodgers will need  a young 3bman [Flores] could also use Colon since Billingsley is out for the year...their AAA3bman Romak is 28 yrs old and Uribe isn't getting younger

rico
rico

@Kenneth Meltsner why are you attacking alderson for something a writer hypothesized based on nothing?  


presumptive hatred anyone?

For_Sale
For_Sale

@Tom Gallagher We could just sign Hanley ramirez if we had that kind of money.  Though I just use Hanley as an example of someone who is expensive.  Don't want him.  

rico
rico

@Doubleday I think there are a lot of teams that will want him.  Everybody wants Price but now Tampa may be back in the hunt so he may not be avail.  Plus for Price the price is very very high.  


Colon is a no-brainer for so many teams it's crazy.  

rico
rico

@Zach Goeringer So Basically nothing has happened yet….no need to presume the worst, 

let's see what happens before we cry incompetence.  If there is one thing Sandy is really good at it's selling off old players for value. 



BigTrain
BigTrain

@Andrew Vazzano When anyone eats something that belongs to Colon, he gnaws a huge chunk out of their hand, spits out the bones and belches.  So if that's going to happen to Fred, Jeffy and Sandy I'd vote yes.

For_Sale
For_Sale

@Andrew Vazzano Yes, if that means ownership is reinvesting the money into position players.  If they are going to pocket it by cutting their losses no.  But I guess that is obvious.

For_Sale
For_Sale

@Father Dooley Because he would not have signed with the Mets.  Not hard, it is called no one wants to play for our joke of a franchise.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

We're talking 2 million this year and then 5-6 million next year. Hanley (who I'd love us to pursue btw) will cost much more then that.

elcondor
elcondor

Rays need to take two games from Boston otherwise Price may be available. With Hamels not available and the Yankees gobbling up Pitchers. Colon should return maybe two prospects. Yeah, the Mets will pay some money, that's par for the course

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@metzsuc @Zach Goeringer Paying him 10 million to pitch for you for a few months during a losing season and then putting him on waivers and getting no talent in return for him isn't pissing money away? On top of that if we waived him we would have to pay him for the remainder of August and all of September to sit in a waiver pool and probably an actual pool too.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@For_Sale @Andrew Vazzano I think signing him with the intention of trading him was beyond a dumb move. We should have invested that money into a difference making bat. He almost won a Cy Young last year and no one wanted him at 42 years old but the Mets. Why now that he has a 4.03 era would teams be lining up to take that contract? what a joke!

rico
rico

@Tom Gallagher Handly is now old and the Dodgers are going to re-up him, or the Yankees will over-pay him. 

For_Sale
For_Sale

@Zach Goeringer @For_Sale @Andrew Vazzano We only say that now since deGrom emerged and Familia and Meijia have shown up.  If they underperformed our perspective might have been different if Colon was our most reliable starter. 

For_Sale
For_Sale

@Max Denby @For_Sale He said women who get beat should also do their part to not provoke it.  He said this on first take. 

For_Sale
For_Sale

@Zach Goeringer @For_Sale @Andrew Vazzano I understand your rationale.  (1)But he has been solid, eating innings. (2) The 11 million he is owed next season was not going to find us a hitter.  No one wanted to sign with us unless it was a 3-4 year deal.  Why we got CY.  I think it is fine that we eat salary.  We did it for Beltran, SD did it for Headley.  It is part of baseball economics now.  

Father Dooley
Father Dooley

@For_Sale @Max Denby I don't know who this is, but is this some rap-loving thug? Horrible things to imply, if he said what you said he said; what a THUG!


LONG LIVE ROCK!

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@For_Sale @Zach Goeringer @Andrew Vazzano Im not upset about them eating salary, I'm upset if we dump him and get nothing back. The Mets have very little money to begin with, so when we sign Colon for 10 per and CY to 7.5 we waste what little money we have on pieces that will only sustain us and not advance us. If we had 17.5 million back on the books after signing Granderson that would be the going rate for another above average slugger.