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Bartolo Colon and Scott Feldman clear revocable waivers; eligible to be traded to any team

Aug 25, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT

Bartolo Colon AP

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon and Astros right-hander Scott Feldman have cleared revocable waivers. This means that they are now both eligible to be traded to any team.

It’s a little surprising to see Colon clear waivers, but evidently teams were reluctant to claim him because he’s under contract for $11 million in what will be his age-42 season next year. Still, he hasn’t shown any sign of slowing down this season, posting a 3.82 ERA over 25 starts with 130 strikeouts and 22 walks over 167 1/3 innings. He has a 3.35 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break.

Feldman is owed $18 million from 2015-2016 and has shown diminished velocity this season while posting a mediocre 4.37 ERA with 78 strikeouts over 136 innings, so it’s not as surprising to see him pass through. Remember, the Astros could have just dumped his contract if he was claimed. Still, Feldman has pitched better this month, so perhaps the Astros could find a taker if they pick up some of the tab.

The Angels don’t have much in the way of prospects, but Garrett Richards‘ season-ending knee injury makes them a natural fit for either Colon or Feldman. The Mets and Astros figure to get calls from multiple contenders over the next week.

  1. arrooo - Aug 25, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Supposedly the mets and angels have something in order. We shall see

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      I still say that, with Masterson teh suck, Lackey iffy so far, and Wacha’s return not guaranteed, Mo should move on Colon if the price is right for the Cards.

      • thebadguyswon - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        I would do Grichuk for Colon.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:02 PM

        i would at least think about that …

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        Also, DJ missed the short and sweet headline: “Colon cleared”

      • Paper Lions - Aug 26, 2014 at 9:48 AM

        Colon is a slightly above average pitcher. Eating innings is great, but does he enhance your chance of winning a post season series? If not, why trade for him? Especially with him under contract next year. For next year they have Wainwright, Lynn, Lackey, Wacha, Miller, Martinez, Gast, Lyons, Gonzalez, and possibly even Rosenthal as starter options….and I’ve probably left some guys out. Why in the world would you trade for a 42 yr old pitcher whose ceiling is slightly above average starter and who is more valuable during the regular season than post season?

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    I thought that the Yankees were claiming everyone. Colon would have looked huge in a Yankee uniform.

    • tmc602014 - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      I thought pinstripes were slimming…

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:33 PM

        There are exceptions to every rule.

      • carpi2 - Aug 26, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        Yeah, Colon would want to stay away from horizontal stripes.

  3. udkidd - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    He seems about the ripe old age just for the Phillies to claim him.

    • sometimesimisscandlestick - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:28 PM

      No,no no. He’s the perfect age for Brian Sabean to pick him up for the Giants.

    • doctortyler - Aug 25, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      I could see them trading Maikel Franco and J.P Crawford for him.

  4. bleedgreen - Aug 25, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Or are people afraid of losing Colon again to a PED suspension?

    • dan1111 - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:11 AM

      It shouldn’t make a difference to waiver claims, because the claim just holds you to paying his salary, and you don’t have to pay that if he is suspended.

      However, maybe some teams don’t want the bad PR associated with acquiring a steroid guy.

      • bleedgreen - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        I just mean do you want to trade for a guy that would miss, at a minimum, 50 games. You can’t count on a guy, why pay him?

  5. cmcbruin - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    Angels will probably see how Wade LeBlanc does in his “audition” tonight.

    • dinofrank60 - Aug 25, 2014 at 11:09 PM

      It ain’t great.

  6. sdelmonte - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    If this is it in NY for Bart, I would like to tip my hand to him. We knew this was just for now, but it was sure fun.

  7. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Aug 25, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    I suppose the Orioles and Yankees haven’t been claiming EVERYONE…

  8. arrooo - Aug 25, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Grichuk for Colon you say? I like it.

  9. slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    I do not know who Detroit has to offer for a trade,but they strike me as a team who could use a guy who goes 7 innings and has an ERA onder 4.

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