Bartolo Colon has cleared waivers, according to Ken Rosenthal, after the Mets placed him on them on Saturday. As a result, Colon can now be traded to any team in baseball before the end of the month. Had Colon been claimed, the Mets could have pulled him back, worked out a trade with the claiming team, or just let him go to that team for a nominal waiver fee and salary relief. If the Mets are intent on trading Colon, at least they are not limited to negotiating with just one team.
The 41-year-old has a 3.82 ERA and 3.35 FIP in 25 starts for the Mets this year. While he's had a handful of awful starts, Colon has completed at least seven innings sixteen times, a pretty remarkable number for a pitcher of any age. And since he topped out at a 5.84 ERA through May 12, Colon has posted a 3.27 ERA in 18 starts.