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.
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).