According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, The Mets are getting an early gauge at who could enter The Bartolo Colon Sweepstakes.
The Mets would (according to Martino) eat some portion of the rest of this years contract, which is roughly $2 Million. He is owed $11 Million in 2015.
According to Martino, the Phones have not heated up for his services yet because there are other bigger names available like David Price (Rays), Cliff Lee (Phillies), Ian Kennedy (Padres) are still out there.
The market for high-end starting pitching is stalled for several reasons. Tampa Bay is playing better and trying to decide if it will trade Price. San Diego is sending strong signals that it is unlikely to move Kennedy, according to teams in contact with the Padres. And Lee just returned from two months off with an elbow injury, and is owed oodles of money.
It is plausible to imagine a scenario where July 31 hits, and Price, Lee and Kennedy all remain with their current clubs. At that point, rival executives predict, Colon would be the most desirable option -- or alternately, after Price is dealt, the Mets would be positioned to have a solid plan B for teams.
That would leave the Mets in the driver's seat. If the demand becomes high and the Mets like what they will get, they will pull the trigger..
But Alderson could also keep Colon through the deadline and pull a deal similar to which he did with Marlon Byrd last season. Teams sometimes are in a more dire need and sometimes they have to sweeten the deal to get it done.
The Mets according to Martino are comfortable moving Colon next month, or even in the winter.