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Mets willing to cover $2 million of Bartolo Colon’s contract in trade

Jul 25, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

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Last week reports had the Mets being willing to trade Bartolo Colon and now Andy Martino of the New York Daily News says they’d be willing to eat as much as $2 million in salary to move him in the right deal.

Of course, $2 million isn’t a whole lot considering Colon is owed about $4 million for the remainder of this season and another $11 million in 2015.

Colon figures to be a fallback option for teams that miss out on David Price and perhaps Cole Hamels. At age 41 he’s at risk to break down, but Colon has a 2.98 ERA in his last 12 starts with a 62/14 K/BB ratio and .217 opponents’ batting average in 85 innings.

  1. chill1184 - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Even eating very little of the contract the team still has a better chance at getting something decent from him vs the Cubs unloading Jackson onto anyone.

  2. randygnyc - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Speaking of eating, from the looks of him, that 2M is probably Bartolo’s food allotment.

    • don444 - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Does that really matter given that’s he’s managed to remain very effective five to eight years beyond the point where even many pitchers of quality begin to wane? Perhaps you should just focus on the facts and save the corny jokes for times when you’re surrounded by those who are either too polite or too cowardly to tell you the truth about yourself and your no doubt endless observations. That environment obviously doesn’t exist on public message boards.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:02 AM

        Lighten up Francis..

  3. geejon - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Wouldn’t be a horrible pickup for the Dodgers if it costs them basically nothing in terms of prospects. They shouldn’t trade away the farm for Price and really just need someone to come in as a 5th starter for Haren who’s falling apart. Next year’s contract isn’t an issue because Beckett will be a FA so they’ll be in need of a starter anyway. Perhaps next year could be Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Colon, Zach Lee. And the following year Colon’s spot is taken by Urias.

  4. SocraticGadfly - Jul 25, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    I’d take him in St. Louis if the Mets would eat more, or else settle for lower-level minors crumbs in return.

  5. joejacks - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Mets should keep him. Won’t get much in return.

    • sdelmonte - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      Except that they would get something, and given the still-mediocre levels of outfield prospects in the minors, and given the likelihood of a rotation full of young arms next spring, I say he should definitely be traded.

    • don444 - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      Keep him for what? For Colon to be on pace for a 13 to 15-win season at age 41 is very impressive and must represent a fact that the Mets hierarchy is not displeased with, but are they competitive enough to justify holding on to him if they can get much of anything for him? Not really. Closing in on 200 wins and that’s proof positive of a very solid career that he can be proud of although he’ll be remembered by many as a special talent who could and should have been better overall.

      • paqza - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        Sandy’s record is very clear. He moves guys if he gets the right package. If not, he’s content with keeping the guys. He didn’t move Hairston. He moved Byrd. He moved Beltrán. He moved Ike. He hasn’t moved Murphy yet. It all comes down to the package.

      • gloccamorra - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:43 PM

        So $11 million next year makes no difference?

  6. temporarilyexiled - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    And, being large, and for baseball standards, old, he wouldn’t be the first to pitch for the Giants. Even if they have qualms about his next year’s salary, they need rotation depth. But, just like some of the other posts here, this has to be more of a salary dump than a trade requiring good prospects for the Giants to bite, as they don’t have that much to offer for someone at the end of his career.

  7. jets82jets - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Say what you will about his weight, this guy is more durable than anyone else in the Mets starting rotation and that’s coming from a Mets fan. He consistently goes out there pitches at least 6 innings reaches 8 with regularity. Absent his bout with the stomach flu, this guy has just kept on trucking.

    • paqza - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      I’d put deGrom ahead of him when talking about consistence. deGrom’s been the best pitcher on the team this year. Of course he doesn’t have the same career record.

      • neoshweaty - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        deGrom just came out of no where. I’d like to think I’m plugged into the team but the only guys I had heard would be in the running for the MLB rotation were Montero and Syndergaard. He’s definitely been a pleasant surprise.

  8. hcf95688 - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    M-E-S-S. Mets, Mets, Mets.

    • don444 - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      True enough, but let’s face it, the Mets are one of those professional sports franchises that like to pretend that they have a storied history that they’re forever trying to recapture when the simple truth is that perception is both overstated and delusional for the most part.

      • paqza - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        Are you sure about that? Because that’s not true at all. The Mets know they’ve failed more often than not, and the teams that have won have been considered “miraculous”. The narrative has always been that of “lovable losers” and yes, the franchise has had plenty of stories but isn’t exactly “storied”.

      • don444 - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:13 PM

        We’ll have to agree to disagree as, yes, I feel you’re understimating the arrogance that underlies muchof that organization. Your point about many of their successes having been “miraculous” is well-taken to a poont, but you’ve overstepped yourself with the “lovable losers” comparison to the Cubs as the Mets organization and their fans are WAY more arrogant and delusional with their expectations than anything that transpires on the north side of Chicago. Also, what, exactly, was remotely miraculous about the stacked mid-to-late 80s Mets, the most noteworthy extended era in the franchise’s history? Think about it. Anyway, I’m moving on.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:07 AM

        You would not say that if you are a Red Sox fan.1986 still hurts.

        F*&%’n Chiraldi(sp)I burnt the spelling of his name from my memory.

  9. pbastille - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Mets eating $2 million just covers the pre- and post-game spread Bartolo eats…

  10. rupp246 - Jul 25, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Baseball sucks. Teams continue to pay these losers big contracts and then they try to move them when they don’t pan out. Can’t wait for football to start.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:12 AM

      Are you PFT commentator from Deadspin? Cause that guy is funny.

      Maybe having writers block?

  11. bigguy54 - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    With the record he has at Safeco I said Seattle should have never let him leave, he could help this year and let Walker and Paxton rehab slowly. It is one of the minor move they need to make.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 26, 2014 at 6:47 PM

      The Mariner’s pitching doesn’t look like it needs much of anything.

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