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Terry Collins 'a little surprised' at lack of trade talks on Bartolo Colon
MIAMI -- The Bartolo Colon trade watch has been postponed until the offseason.
The Mets did not deal the veteran righthander before Monday’s deadline for waiver trades, ensuring that he will remain under team control for the rest of the season. But in the winter, the Mets once again will be expected to explore trading the 41-year-old, in hopes that they'll find more fertile ground for a deal.
Colon reportedly cleared waivers, making him available to be traded freely until yesterday's deadline. But the Mets found minimal interest in Colon, who is due $11 million next season.
“I was a little surprised that there wasn’t more activity,” manager Terry Collins said. “But I’m happy he’s still here.”
Colon is 12-11 with a 4.01 ERA in 26 starts. With an ERA+ of 87, the righthander has been a below average pitcher, even though he has logged 172 2/3 innings. It's also possible that is simply retained through next season for depth, though the Mets already have a crop of young arms under team control.