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Bartolo Colon probably costs too much for the Angels

Aug 26, 2014, 10:15 AM EST

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Mets right-hander Bartolo Colon is eligible to be traded anywhere after clearing revocable waivers and the Angels need rotation help following injuries to Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs, but don’t expect the two sides to work out a deal.

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Colon “does not appear to be a fit for the Angels because of his age (41) and a contract that guarantees him $11 million in 2015.”

DiGiovanna notes that the Angels already have a projected payroll of $170 million for next season and do no want to surpass the $189 million luxury tax threshold.

If the Mets were to eat a sizable chunk of his $11 million salary for 2015 that could change the situation considerably, but unless that happens it doesn’t sound like Colon will end up with the Angels despite having a 3.26 ERA and excellent strikeout-to-walk ratio in 510 innings since 2012.

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  1. cmcbruin - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Over age 40, at least 75 pounds overweight, needs oxygen when covering 1st base on a grounder to the right side, but is durable and a strike-throwing machine. If I’m Dipoto, I get the Mets to eat a big part of the contract, and send a PTBNL eastward.

    • whatacrocker - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:27 AM

      If the Mets were willing to eat a big part of the money, Colon would have been traded before the waiver deadline.

      • cmcbruin - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:53 AM

        Good point, but we don’t know whether the Mets wanted more than they could get before the deadline.

      • thebadguyswon - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        Knowing Alderson’s MO, they did. He probably wanted to wait until August.

      • clydeserra - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        he has been worth the money this year. probably next year too. He is a great 4th piece for the mets next year. I don’t see any need to trade him. unless they can get somebody that is a b+ or better prospect. The angels just don’t have that.

  2. sabatimus - Aug 26, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Especially if he gets busted for PEDs again.

  3. Detroit Michael - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    It always brings a smile when a blog post about Bartolo Colon works the word “eat” into it somewhere. :-)

    • clydeserra - Aug 26, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      he is not going to eat the money

  4. mybrunoblog - Aug 26, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    I understand the thought about the Angels payroll. That said I think Colon is worth the expense. Angels have spent huge $ on salaries. Why skimp now? It’s like spending $600 a night for an extravagant hotel room but refusing to buy the $4 candy bar from the in room refrigerator.

  5. SocraticGadfly - Aug 26, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Disagree with Aaron, and the link, as I said earlier. Per Cots: https://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=tWBCtH8eoSECZxhX-dRCHIw&output=html

    The Angels have $123M committed next year. Colon would make it 134. Huston Street’s option goes to 141. There’s what, 11M for pension, etc. annually? That’s 152 now. Freese at 6M is 158. Other arb cases, by my math, come in at 17M, on a rough guess, for 175.

    Others? Grilli and Thatcher are gone, if necessary. Even with minor league call-ups, the Angels are below $189M for next year.

    Plus, if any MLB player is traded for Colon, his pay comes off that total, remember.

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