In a move that may be of more than passing interest to Los Angeles Angels fans, the New York Mets have reportedly placed rotund pitcher Bartolo Colon on revocable waivers.
By placing Colon on revocable waivers, the Mets retain the option to pull Colon back should a team claim him. The Mets signed Colon to a two-year deal this offseason that has them on the hook for $11 million for next season, unless of course they can work out a deal with a contender and dump that salary.
The Angels come up in this because they recently lost ace starter Garrett Richards to a patellar tendon injury and could/should be in the market for a starting pitcher. Colon pitched for the Angels for a long time when he was (much) younger and many Angels fans harbor the dream of Bartolo riding to their rescue.
The problem for the Angels is that, due to their very good record, they are way down at #29 in the waiver order. That would mean that, for them to claim Colon, 28 teams would have to pass on him.
It seems unlikely that Colon would make it all the way to the Angels, with other American League teams being in line to claim him first and block his acquisition by Los Angeles. Of course the gamble there is that the Mets refuse to revoke the waiver and you are on the hook for his salary.
There is nothing quite so suspenseful as the late season waiver dance, is there? Bartolo Colon could still end up saving the day for the Angels, but it seems like kind of a long shot.