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The Dodgers, Angels and Royals have interest in Bartolo Colon

Aug 26, 2014, 11:32 AM EDT

Bartolo Colon AP

Bartolo Colon somehow cleared waivers. Not sure how given how the Angels could desperately use a starting pitcher, but he did. Maybe no one wants to pay him $11 million next year. Seems to me that you’d want to do everything you can to improve on Wade LeBlanc and avoid having to play in the wild card game where you may be facing Felix Hernandez, Max Scherzer or Danny Duffy, but what do I know?

I know this much — because I read Andy Martino’s story about it — there is still interest in Colon:

There is still active interest in Colon. One American League executive identified that Angels, Dodgers and Royals as teams he expected to be most engaged.

“The Angels will be all over him,” the exec said. “They don’t have many prospects, but I believe the Mets want to clear the money.”

Which again makes me wonder why they didn’t just claim him, but whatever.

What I don’t get is why the Royals would be interested. They are fourth in starter ERA in the American League and have four above average starters. Their fifth — Jeremy Guthrie — is having a year about the same as Colon is. You’re going to give up a prospect for that upgrade?

  1. asimonetti88 - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    The Halos have one of the better records in baseball, perhaps they were of the belief that someone higher on the waiver order would claim him as well.

    • Hard On For Harden - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:36 PM

      It’s not like a waiver claim costs anything of value in the way of currency or value. Sloppy on their part.

      • Hard On For Harden - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:49 PM

        The second value was supposed to be time. Sloppy on my part.

      • cmcbruin - Aug 26, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        It would cost the Angels if the Mets just let him go without negotiation, and that was the risk. The Mets want to dump the contract more than they want to get something in return. If the Angels had claimed him, the Mets could have just said “take him.”

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:14 PM

        I was just trying to think of reasons as to why they didn’t put in a claim, that’s really the only one I could think, it doesn’t necessarily make sense, I agree.

      • clydeserra - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        @cmcbruin

        But at a cost of $11M next year, where they have a continued hole for at least 3 months, why would you not want that kind of insurance? 2015 is going to open with Weaver, Wilson, Santiago Shoemaker and ??? Even then, Wilson, Weaver and Santiago all have warts beginning to show. Getting Bartolo helps now and next year.

      • cmcbruin - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        @clydeserra:

        I agree with you, but I can think of two reasons why they didn’t make a claim:
        1. They don’t want him next year, certainly not for $11 million;
        2 They wanted to look at a possible Feldman deal too.

        Who knows really. These GM’s play poker at this time of the year.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 26, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Yeah, that makes no sense.

  2. sdelmonte - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Aaron suggests the Angels are trying to avoid the luxury tax. But things can be negotiated, I am sure.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 26, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      The Haloes are well shy of the threshold, and will lose some free agents next year. It’s at $178M this year, and the Angels are at $155, not counting the $10M to pension funding, etc. It would be tight, but they’d still get under.

      • SocraticGadfly - Aug 26, 2014 at 8:49 PM

        I crunched the numbers more on my blog: http://socraticgadfly.blogspot.com/2014/08/yes-angels-can-sign-bartolo-colon.html

  3. xdj511 - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    The question is how much salary do the Mets have to eat in order to get a decent prospect back. Their most glaring need right now is SS where they don’t seem too happy with Tejada or Flores. Do any teams in the mix have a decent SS prospect to offer?

    • dondada10 - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      I think the Mets are going to give Matt Reynolds, a second round pick from a few years ago, the next shot at short. He’s having a fantastic year at aa/aaa.

  4. greej1938l - Aug 26, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Of course the dodgers do. They will go after anyone it seems like

    • geejon - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      Right. Just like they were supposed to go hard after Lester and Price and Papelbon and last winter Tanaka and Cano and just about everyone else on the market. Either they’re horrible at getting guys they really want or most likely it’s just stupid, lazy journalists who throw their name into just about every available trade/free agent.

      It’s been 2 years since the owners made the deal with the Red Sox and later that winter signed Greinke and Ryu. 2 years of nothing but relatively minor moves and yet a week doesn’t go by without someone linking them with just about every guy on the market and idiot fans believing it.

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

        The Dodgers are all in on the possibilities. They just aren’t going to be fleeced. Besides, Tanaka is broken, Cano’s contract is 5 years to long.
        Ha Ha, Dodgers are in first place. So who is the stupid one?
        Perhaps a jealous troll like geejon.

      • geejon - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        I’m a Dodgers fan you damn idiot. Go back and read my post again and you’ll understand (if you have the mental capacity) that there was no shot at them and I was referring to everyone’s knee jerk response in that whenever a halfway decent player becomes available thru trade or FA that everyone automatically lists LA as a destination without bothering to see if it even makes any sense for LA.

  5. geejon - Aug 26, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    The fact that nobody claimed him tells you no one’s really interested and even the ones who might have some interest won’t be offering much. Any team who thought it wasn’t worth the risk the Mets would allow him to be claimed isn’t going to now offer the Mets much of anything simply because the Mets will agree to throw in a measly $2 mil. If no team wanted him “for free”, they’re not going to trade any decent prospect for $2 mil.

  6. ilovegspot - Aug 26, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Isn’t Colon owed another 11 mil next year. Who needs that?

    • clydeserra - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      who needs a guy that is good for 170 innings at a little better than league average at FMV?

      Everyone

      • ilovegspot - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        Apparently not.

  7. dan1111 - Aug 26, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    The Angels have the best record in baseball, which means their waiver claim comes last, right? So if Colon made it to them, they knew no one else was going to make a claim, and they could negotiate a trade anyway. If they didn’t want to take on his salary, it makes sense not to claim. They know no one else is all that interested.

    • clydeserra - Aug 26, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      sure, but it seems like a risk that another team would have a better package to trade.

      • geejon - Aug 26, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        How much of a “package” could it be if no team would even risk taking him without having to give up a single player?

    • mrznyc - Aug 28, 2014 at 8:31 AM

      As Craig said, “What do I know?”

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