Mets Rumors: Bartolo Colon interest picking up, teams' demands slowing talks?

In today's Mets rumors and news update, the market is beginning to come to the New York Mets when it comes to interest in 41-year-old starting pitcher Bartolo Colon.

According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the New York Mets are currently exploring their options but could be unwilling to budge on one key item:

Colon is in year one of a two-year, $20 million deal with the Mets. While his compensation is not exorbitant, his recent drop-off in production (and the fact that he will be owed $11 million during his age-42 season) is leading some interested teams to ask for the Mets to eat a portion of Colon's salary - something that the Mets don't seem particularly interested in doing.

Colon is 8-8 in 2014, pitching to a less-than-stellar 4.12 ERA in 19 starts. Colon's value lies in his control, however. Colon has currently walked just 18 batters in 126.2 innings, pitching to contact more often than not while posting the fourth-best WHIP (1.184) of his 17-year career.


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