Bartolo Colon would seem a prime candidate to be traded given his age and performance, and given where the Mets are right now, but nevertheless New York’s GM has indicated that the Mets are in no hurry to deal the 41-year-old hurler.
Sandy Alderson said (per Adam Rubin of ESPN.com) that rather than scramble to deal Colon before the trade deadline, the Mets will most likely hold on to him until after the season. Rubin says Alderson “suggested” that Colon’s $11 million one-year salary will be easier to trade during the offseason when teams may consider that a bargain compared to what they have to pay for a starter on the free agent market.
Putting that through the translation machine, what Alderson is really saying is that no teams are that interested in Colon right now, despite the fact that he is having a good year and could help a contender.
Or, teams are calling and they’re just not offering what the Mets want.
Colon’s freakish time-defying performance has been very entertaining this year, and it would be more entertaining if he ended up on a team with a chance to make the postseason. But indications are that the Mets can’t get a deal done, so Colon will have to remain in New York.
Too bad. Colon on the Dodgers or the Yankees would be awesome. But he’s stuck on the Mets, which sucks for him and for us.