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Colon pitching well for Mets, but trade market looks surprisingly thin

After winning 18 games for the A's last season, Bartolo Colon has been effective for the Mets. (USATSI)
After winning 18 games for the A's last season, Bartolo Colon has been effective for the Mets. (USATSI)

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Bartolo Colon, who brought huge trade returns in his prime years, doesn't appear to have a great market despite a very nice season with the Mets.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson suggested Monday to Mets writers that he wasn't necessarily expecting to make a deal. Colon has been viewed as the prime trade bait considering the Mets have a strong rotation and plenty of excellent starting options for next year.

However, while Colon is 10-8 with a 3.88 ERA and 106 strikeouts against only 20 walks, his trade value is weighed down by a few factors.

1. He is 41 and will pitch at 42 next season ("At some point the end comes, and he's going to be 42," one AL scout pointed out);

2. While he has held up remarkably well he wouldn't appear to be in tip-top shape (he's listed as 283 pounds);

3. He is due to make $11 million next year;

4. The market is current flush with big names in their prime.

5. Among teams seen as having some interest, San Francisco already filled its rotation opening with Jake Peavy, while Seattle appears to be looking for the moment at the top-tier guys, including David Price, Jon Lester and Cole Hamels.

It's possible Colon could still be traded, as he seems to provide a decent second-tier option once the lefty aces start to come off the board or are pulled completely off the market. But for now it doesn't look too promising.

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