Bartolo Colon has cleared waivers, leaving the Mets free to work out a trade with any team they wish. Pitching being at a premium this time of year, several teams are believed to be interested in pursuing Colon as a late-season very-veteran rental.
Per the New York Daily News, the Angels, Dodgers and Royals are believed to be the three teams with the most interest in acquiring Colon.
The pitcher’s $11 million salary for 2014 is believed to be a stumbling block to a trade, but it’s been reported that the Mets would pick up as much $2 million of that in order to make a deal happen.
With the Mets out of contention, they want to dump as much money as they can while still getting decent prospects in return. The Angels, Dodgers and Royals could all use an extra arm as they continue to battle it out for playoff spots in their respective leagues.
The Angels immediately shot to the top of the Bartolo Colon speculation list after losing ace starter Garrett Richards to a nasty patellar tendon injury. The Dodgers have been thought of as a potential landing spot for Colon due to Hyun-Jin Ryu’s physical issues.
Whichever team acquires Colon will be getting a man who, despite being over 40, can still deal with the best of them. He also provides plenty of comic relief with his roly-poly appearance and helmet-shedding swings.