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Report: Nary A Nibble On Bartolo Colon Ahead Of Trade Deadline

Bartolo Colon (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Bartolo Colon (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As it turns out, there’s not much of a market for 41-year-old scale-tipping hurlers.

The Mets haven’t gotten “even a nibble” on veteran Bartolo Colon — all 285 pounds of him — as the July 31 trade deadline nears, according to the New York Post.

Colon, who was signed this offseason to a two-year deal, is considered one of the Mets’ most likely trade chips. He’s under contract for $11 million next season, and the organization is flush with young, live arms.

Earlier this month, the Post reported that general manager Sandy Alderson would entertain offers for Colon, and may even “actively” shop the veteran starter.

But Colon has lost his last three decisions (four starts) while seeing his ERA jump to 4.12. An 18-game winner for Oakland in 2013, Colon has gone 8-8 this season.

Mets manager Terry Collins said stomach and headache issues contributed to Colon giving up four earned runs over five innings Friday in San Diego.

“He didn’t feel very good,” Collins said. “The fifth inning wore him down a little bit. Usually as the game goes on he gets better.”

It’s believed the team could be looking to flip Colon for help at shortstop or left field.

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