MIAMI - The Bartolo Colon trade watch has been postponed until the offseason.
The Mets did not deal the righthander before Sunday's midnight deadline for postseason eligibility, virtually ensuring that he will remain under their control for the rest of the season.
Though the Mets already have a crop of young arms, it's possible that they will retain Colon next season for depth. Nevertheless, they are expected to explore trading him during the offseason, with the hope that they'll find more fertile ground for a deal at that time.
Colon, 41, reportedly has cleared waivers, making him available to play in the postseason for any team that obtained him before Sunday'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 and has 132 strikeouts and 22 walks in 1722/3 innings.
Another shot for Montero
The Mets expect pitching prospect Rafael Montero to make a spot start before the season is over. Montero, 23, is expected to be promoted once Triple-A Las Vegas wraps up the Pacific Coast League playoffs. In seven appearances for the Mets this season, Montero has a 5.23 ERA.
Reliever Bobby Parnell will not throw off a mound until after Christmas. Until then, he will continue on a flat-ground throwing program. Parnell, who had Tommy John surgery in May, said he has "felt great" throughout his rehab . . . According to Collins, lefty Josh Edgin might not pitch again this season after a recent bout with bone spurs and elbow discomfort. Edgin is scheduled to be examined by doctors Tuesday . . . Daisuke Matsuzaka also is scheduled to be checked out for an issue that Collins said is unrelated to his recent elbow injury . . . With home attendance sagging, the Mets dismissed Leigh Castergine, senior vice president of ticket sales and services.