Mets' right-hander Bartolo Colon has cleared revocable trade waivers and is eligible to be traded to any team before August 31, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. The Mets placed Colon on waivers two days ago in order to gauge interest in him on the trade market.
Though Colon has pitched to a solid 12-10 record and 3.82 ERA in 25 starts with the Mets this season, teams likely passed on him due to the nearly $13 million that he is owed through the end of next year as a result of the two-year, $22 million deal he signed with the Mets before the season. Though many believed that the Mets would love to shed his salary by simply giving him away on a waiver claim, a report from Marc Carig of Newsday reveals that the team would not be willing to do that because they feel that they could receive a strong haul in a trade for him this winter. Over the next week, the Mets will surely listen to offers on the 41-year old in hopes of receiving a strong trade offer from a contending team looking for a starter, but will ultimately be content with holding onto him if they feel that they can get higher bids this winter.
Among the teams thought to be interested in Colon are the Angels and Dodgers, who have been scouring the waiver wire in hopes of adding some starting pitching for September and the playoffs. Anthony DiComo of MLB.com also speculated that the Pirates could make a run at Colon after missing on their rotation targets at the non-waiver trade deadline, and plenty of other teams looking to make a last push towards the playoffs could become involved as well.