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MLB Rumors: New York Mets willing to trade Bartolo Colon

As Major League teams consider their options at the trade deadline for starting pitching, an intriguing option is emerging that would cost less than studs like David Price and Jeff Samardzija.

That option would be the veteran right-handed starter Bartolo Colon. We heard last month that teams would potentially be interested in Colon as a target, and now it sounds like the New York Mets are willing to listen to offers for him on their end. They might even be pursuing trades more actively than just listening.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post:

According to club sources, the team will listen to offers for Bartolo Colon and may actively shop the veteran right-hander.

The 41-year-old Colon, who signed a two-year contract worth $20 million last offseason, is 8-6 with a 3.88 ERA in 16 starts for the Mets in 2014.

A deal might not happen immediately, however. Given the Mets’ willingness to keep Colon and the fact that they still might think they can hang around in the National League East, they could wait until the non-waiver July 31st deadline passes to make a deal.

But sources indicated general manager Sandy Alderson has no pressure to deal Colon, and the Mets could wait past the July 31 non-waiver deadline in attempting to maximize their return.

At 41 years old Colon continues to pitch well. Through 16 starts he is 8-6 with a 3.88 ERA and a 3.60 FIP. An ace he is not, but he can consistently be counted on for solid outings. The value of a pitcher like Colon to a contending team is immense, making him an intriguing target as the market takes shape.

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