As of Sunday, team had to start contacting the Mets about possibly acquiring RHP Bartolo Colon, according to a source (NY Post, July 20).
It was reported earlier in this month that teams were likely to show significant interest in trading for the 41-year-old pitcher (Cafardo, July 13).
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).
Colon will earn $9 million this season, and is due $11 million in 2015.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
July 17: I expect the Mets to play his market like they did last year with Marlon Byrd. I bet they talk with a lot of teams this July, ask for way too much and – unless some team overpays, which they will not – no deal will get done. Instead, Colon keeps pitching for the Mets through early August. However, if the Mets struggle to get over .500, if they slip a bit, and if enough teams remain interested, my hunch is – like Byrd – Colon could get moved through waivers for a couple of minor leaguers >> Read more.