As I sat on my couch Tuesday morning thoroughly enjoying the bombs sent off by Yoenis Cespedes at Target Field Monday Night, I read a report that Bartolo Colon was made available for trade from the Mets. The Mets are 45-50 and appear to be sellers come the trade deadline, which means Colon being traded makes plenty of sense. His contract signing in the offseason was valued at 2 years and $20 million. That’s where the problem lies in all of this for the Mets. Colon is also 41 years old so it’s clear to see why teams would be hesitant with him.
Colon owns a 3.99 ERA right now in his 121 2/3 innings pitched this year. But no one has shown interest to the Mets yet in the veteran. The reasons above are enough to keep a team away from Colon but he also is owed $11 million of his contract next season because he’s only making $9 million this year. There’s a high risk in trading for Colon but his ERA is under 4.00 and he holds a K/9IP of 6.6. Not too bad for a 41 year-old. Who should take a chance on Colon?
Los Angeles Dodgers:
The Dodgers have money which is one reason that this move would make sense but also because the Dodgers have a solid staff as it. Adding Colon provides some depth and a better rotation overall. With Colon, the Dodgers rotation would be Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun Jin Ryu, Colon, and Dan Haren. That pitching staff could lead the Dodgers to an appearance in the World Series, or maybe even win it for them.
Los Angeles Angels:
The Angels are another team that could see themselves in the mix with Colon. The Angels have already been said to have interest in Huston Street and Ian Kennedy in a package according to Ken Rosenthal. If that doesn’t pan out the way they hope, they could still use some rotation help with Colon and he wouldn’t require top-prospect talent to acquire.
New York Yankees:
The Yankees are another team that has been actively looking for some starting pitching help. Masahiro Tanaka was recently placed on the Disabled List and Tommy John Surgery could be looming for the Japanese Rookie sensation. The Yankees already traded for starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy and have been linked to Cubs starter Edwin Jackson recently. If they’re going to go after someone like Jackson, who lead the majors in losses last year although I don’t value win/loss totals for pitchers too highly, why not go after Colon instead? He’s pitched, and well, in the American League before.
Other teams to consider: Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, and the St. Louis Cardinals