NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bartolo Colon has cleared waivers, but will the Mets trade him?
The 41-year-old pitched with a heavy heart on Sunday and was excellent, beating the first-place Dodgers on the road just days after his mother died following a long battle with breast cancer.
There are several teams in pennant races that would love to add the veteran starter, but the fact that he’s owed $11 million in 2015 makes him a less attractive commodity.
But teams that are in win-now mode may decide to live with next year’s salary and give the Mets something of value in exchange for the 2005 American League Cy Young Award winner.
One American League executive told the New York Daily News’ Andy Martino that the Angels, Dodgers and Royals are most likely to contact general manager Sandy Alderson about acquiring the hurler.
“The Angels will be all over him,” the executive told Martino “They don’t have many prospects, but I believe the Mets want to clear the money.”
Though the Mets obviously want to get a return if they ship Colon, they would likely be happy to have him off the payroll. He’s been steady in his first season in Queens, but the Amazin’s have plenty of pitching and could use the extra money to add additional talent in the offseason.
Martino reported in July that the Mets would eat $2 million of Colon’s $11 million salary, and it appears that that figure hasn’t wavered.
“Everyone is scared of next year,” another executive told the newspaper in regard to Colon.
In 25 starts this season, Colon is 12-10 with a 3.82 ERA and 130 strikeouts. He’s issued just 22 walks in 167 1/3 innings pitched.
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