Royals, Angels like Bartolo Colon, but not the cost

The Angels and Royals considered trying to trade for Bartolo Colon, but both teams continue to feel the cost in prospects and salary are too much, sources told reporter Andy Martino (Daily News, August 26).


11:28 a.m.: The Angels are hindered by their payroll and the $189 million luxury tax threshold. Los Angeles owner Arte Moreno will likely not spend beyond the luxury tax, which is limiting their ability to make trades (Fox Sports, August 27).


It was reported Tuesday that the Dodgers also had early interest in Colon (Daily News, August 25).

Colon cleared waivers (Fox Sports, August 25), meaning he can now be traded to any team.

The Pirates, Orioles (CBS Sports, July 31), Blue Jays and Mariners were said to have interest in acquiring Colon at different points earlier this summer.


Bartolo Colon


According to Martino, the Mets hope to acquire a decent return in prospects, as well as salary relief, in any deal for Colon.

In July, prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, the Mets were being offered high-value prospects, but mostly guys in Double-A, according to market insiders (MetsBlog, Aug. 26).

The Mets were recently willing to pay up to $2 million of Colon’s 2015 salary in order to help facilitate a deal (Daily News, Aug. 25). They are also comfortable keeping him and exploring trades again after the season, since they feel he could have more value this winter when compared to other pitchers on the free agent market (Newsday, Aug. 24).




164 comments
elcondor
elcondor

Yeah, and either the Royals or Angels may miss out on the Post Season for their reluctance

eric88
eric88

Wanting high value AAA prospects already tells you Payroll going under 70 million next year.

triviaace
triviaace

Only an idiot like Alderson would sign a 41 year old pitcher for 2 years at $20 Million and then hope to trade him for young prospects after the first year.  LMFAO

elcondor
elcondor

Wheeler and Bartolo appear to be the only Pitchers that can be definitely counted on for 2015. Sandy is 100% correct to stand firm in his demands. Bartolo could be an important player next year and not expensive at his salary. Syndegaard. Needs to solve his command issues in AAA, So many question marks but Bartolo takes the ball and gives you quality innings day in and day out.

Steven Molello
Steven Molello

The Mets expect top level AAA talent for a rent a pitcher at age 41? Not sure Sandy is realistic here…Frustrating to hear the Mets desperate for salary relief with already among the lowest payrolls in baseball. Not encouraging for the future.

Mark Kunzmann
Mark Kunzmann

Every time this team tries to make a move the cost is to high, why even bother?


matmil
matmil

The other part about a mall going in near Citi that nobody is thinking about is if they do it they have to rebuild all the infrastructure in the area. Have you seen the Roosevelt Avenue Bridge lately, it's gonna end up in the creek soon.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Seems hard to believe that they were offered hi value AA prospects and haven't made a move yet.

gts41
gts41

Sandy signed Bartolo  for 2014 only he'll get something for him. He gave him that 2nd year just in case we had setbacks with Harvey or new injuries to our young guys.Now that 2015 looks pretty set with enough starters Sandy will pull the trigger on a Colon deal. What we get back is another story. He can't be greedy and expect someone to give him a good prospect and salary relief. 

Steven M. Harries
Steven M. Harries

Hey! 4 Field Level tickets for 48 bucks and a free T-shirt chucked in.


Who needs competition, excitement, and relevance when you can have this joy every autumn.

Straw18
Straw18

If the Angels are strapped for cash how bout we just take Trout off their hands....lol 

Chris Kujawa
Chris Kujawa

Here's the thing, despite all his shortcomings, Sandy has shown an incredible ability to get the maximum possible value when trading away veterans. I have 100% faith in how he handles Colon. How he handles the off season is the real test.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

I can understand that Sandy is trying to get the best deal...but I would not expect other teams to give me their number 1 prospect either.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

Since they don't have a comment board available on the Willets point article ill say my piece here. Its really nice to know that the Wilpon family can afford to put a mega mall on Shea's grounds and possibly start building a casino empire down the block, yet Jose Abreu just didn't fit into their budget.

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

I cant see a team wanting him more in the offseason then a team now in contention that needs pitching now.

7up17left
7up17left

The Mets are just the Wilpon's and Uncle Sauls toy.  Their real jewel is the real estate development potential in Willets Point....

Albert E Lewis
Albert E Lewis

Remember what other GMs have said about Sandy....''He wants your 2 dollars for his 35 cents''.

matmil
matmil

You would think Mark that it would embarrass them to have an empty stadium every day.

matmil
matmil

We should worry more about the prospects than the salary relief.

matmil
matmil

Sounds like the 70's. I saw 3 playoff games in 73 for a dollar thirty each, upper level.

Steve Finelli
Steve Finelli

@Straw18 Yeah right like Moreno needs the money.  Geez.  FYI Stanton is probably going to be traded sometime before next year's trade deadline but the Mets could never afford to pay him either.

hankypanky
hankypanky

How about their no. 2 prospects, then?

hankypanky
hankypanky

Boring is good. No giveaways, please.

matmil
matmil

Like Citi the mall and the casino will be empty. Because he'll charge outrageous rents and nobody will be able to afford it.

joe21
joe21

How many other teams took a pass as well? Think the Pirates aren't kicking themselves right now?

7up17left
7up17left

@kingsword1 Define stuck???  The guy has done a great job for us.


Were "stuck" with Granderson, and absolutely no one wants him !

matmil
matmil

Stanton would be a huge draw. They could pay him just in added ticket sales.

matmil
matmil

Throw in Collins too.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@joe21 The Pirates are probably also kicking themselves that they asked for Davis instead of Duda.....(never thought I'd say that at one point)

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@borsh13 Why remove Duda? id put up with whatever defensive woes he has in left field if he can keep hitting like this.

7up17left
7up17left

@kingsword1 @7up17left The guy eerily has the same career path as Eric Chavez.  (bad back, assorted injuries).  Stupid for a rebuilding club to sign him long term.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@borsh13 Actually I thought he would be terrible and i've spent the whole year eating my words the whole year. What i'm saying is that in hindsight if Duda could hit the same way he has I would look the other way with his awful defense. To say Abreu wouldn't have made much of a difference is just plain wrong. We see how many runners wright has stranded and how much he's struggled and we also have seen how many one run games we've lost this year. Having Abreu batting 3rd would have changed the complexion of this team. no take into account that teams normally cough up 25 mil a year for mvp type numbers and Abreu is getting 13, its a no brainer and ill be complaining about it for years.

Frank Tangorra
Frank Tangorra

Do you think Duda would have given the same production in LF where he looked scared. His natural posistion is 1b. Don't post stupidity. Learn how the game works.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@Frank Tangorra Abreu + Duda's number in left field > Duda's numbers at 1st base by a landslide. That's not stupidity but logic, and watch your mouth.

Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

@borsh13 Duda's no Keith Hernandez at first either though. Abreu would not be a huge dropoff defensively, if he'd even be a dropoff at all.

joe21
joe21

Don't forget Choo and Bourn also, hindsight also allows people to remove their bad demands also

metsfanman
metsfanman

@Zach Goeringer @Frank Tangorra The thing though is that Duda's lack of confidence in the outfield seemed to carry into his at bats when he (poorly) tried to play the outfield and it's very questionable he would have hit the way he has if he was asked to play left field, where fans surely would have jumped on him if he made a couple bad plays off the bat. I don't think it's coincidence that Duda started playing at a high level after having the comfort of knowing he would have the chance to play full time at his natural position.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

@metsfanman @Zach Goeringer @Frank Tangorra I fully agree with you, I'm sure he wouldn't have been able to produce at the same rate. What I'm arguing is that having Abreu's production on the team trumps whatever offensive decline Duda would have suffered by moving to the outfield. We have lost so many 1 run games this year and our 3 hitter has 8 homeruns and leaves people on base daily. Abreu would have added another 22 homeruns to that spot in the order, which given runners on base would probably lead to a difference of around 50 rbi. If 10 of those 1 run games went a different way we would be fighting for a wild card spot right now.