Even at age 41, Bartolo Colon of the New York Mets represents one of the better trade values on the market. He has another year of team control in 2015 and still does a good job of eating up innings.
Colon is 8-8 this season in 19 starts with a 4.12 ERA. His fielding independent pitching (FIP) of 3.57 suggests that he might be the victim of some bad luck. He might not be an ace for a team that would potentially acquire him in a trade, but he would certainly be a solid guy for the middle of some rotation for a playoff run.
Whether the resurgent Mets consider themselves to be buyers or sellers at the deadline, Colon is considered the player most likely to be moved. Even if the team still has visions of a playoff run dancing through their heads, the best way for them to maximize the value of Colon’s short contract might be to flip him to a team that feels more certain about their status as contenders.
That all makes sense on the surface, but so far the Mets have not received much interest according to Mike Puma.
Regarding a possible Bartolo Colon trade, I was told the phone isn’t exactly ringing off the hook at the moment.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) July 20, 2014
This might be an issue of a lack of interest, but it might also be an issue of timing. The Mets likely need to wait for the rest of the market to sort itself out and for interested teams that missed out on bigger name players to come calling. Perhaps that will be the case near the end of this month, but for now there is nothing to see here.