After clearing waivers yesterday, Bartolo Colon is reportedly drawing interest from playoff-hopeful teams in need of starting pitching. Among them, the Dodgers, Angels, and Royals are said to be the most engaged, as they look to shore up their injury-riddled rotations for the stretch run.
There's no denying the value Colon can bring to a contender's rotation. Colon has a 3.35 FIP and is in the Top 10 in the National League in innings pitched and innings per start, so consistency remains the calling card for the Dominican Republic native. Even at age 41, he can still be the dependable workhorse a contender needs every fifth day.
The main problem standing between the Mets and a potential deal for Colon is his price tag, which is also a big reason why he cleared waivers in the first place. Colon is owed the remaining portion of his $9 million salary this year while under contract for another $11 million in 2015. The Mets will mostly likely have to eat part of his salary to facilitate a deal. Per Major League Baseball transaction rules, a player has to be traded before September 1 to be eligible for postseason play, so the Mets have until the end of the week to get some value in return for Colon.