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Bartolo Colon trade market cools

The teams in pursuit aren't all that pursuant.

Justin K. Aller

Though Bartolo Colon has been drawing some interest as of late, there is very little movement towards actually getting a deal done. Teams that were thought to be at the head of the pack in attempting to secure the right-hander's services, namely the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Kansas City Royals have backed off.

Concerns over money and salary were also tempered by a belief that the teams were a less than ideal match to make a trade in the first place:

The Mets will continue to consider offers for Colon, who is under contract through 2015. He signed a two-year, $20 million deal last winter. The prevailing opinion has been that if the Mets were interested in moving him, they'd have to eat a good portion of his salary. He is owed $11 million in 2015.

Colon continues to be a dependable starting pitcher since missing all of 2010 with injury. This season, he's 12-10 with a 3.82 ERA in 167.1 innings. His success continues to be a product of limiting walks (1.18 BB/9 this season) and home runs. He has also seen an uptick in strikeouts this season, which is likely a product of moving to the National League.

The likelihood of Colon being moved at this point is slim, but is not out of the question, as further injuries and struggles may lead a team to reconsider the cost.