As expected, Bartolo Colon cleared revocable trade waivers yesterday afternoon. The trade market for Colon is now expected to heat up over the next few days as the Mets look to get a good return for Colon's services. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City Royals, and Los Angeles Dodgers are the most interested teams in Colon's services.
The Angels are expected to be very aggressive in their pursuit of Colon. The Angels have an obvious need for starting pitching after losing Garrett Richards, one of their top pitchers, for the season with a left knee injury. The Angels don't have a deep farm system, but they may be motivated to take on more of the money in the contract to get a deal done. With the Mets likely looking to move Colon's money off the books in the offseason, this could help get a deal done.
The Dodgers and Royals are also teams to monitor in the Colon talks. The Dodgers are looking to make a push for a championship this season, and with Hyun-Jin Ryu injured the Dodgers could use another starter. The Royals are another team that could use a starting pitcher as they look to make the playoffs for the first time since 1985. The Royals have a good farm system as well, so the Mets could look for a match there.
One thing to keep an eye on is that GM Sandy Alderson won't give Colon away for nothing. The Mets feel that Colon will have good value in the trade market this winter, when he is only on a one year commitment. Colon is a valuable commodity, and if he is dealt it will likely be before his next start on Saturday. We will keep you up to date on Colon's situation in the coming days here at Mets 101.com.
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