6:25 am: As of this morning, I still think he'll be on the Mets come August 1. I can't say the same about September 1, though. The buzz from the team continues to indicate not much is going on.
My understanding is the Mets let teams know their price for Colon and that was that. I don't think they are being very aggressive "sellers," despite a desire to dump Colon's $11 million in 2015, as well as acquire a young hitter. Similar to how they approached trade talks for Carlos Beltran, RA Dickey, Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Marlon Byrd and others, Sandy Alderson let his price be known; and, if a team wants to come up to it, great; if not, so be it.
That said, there are lots of teams interested in acquiring a starting pitcher, and the Giants may be back in play...
The Giants were said to have interest in trading for Colon before acquiring Jake Peavey from the Red Sox.
However, they may be back in the market for a starting pitcher, now that Matt Cain is due to visit with Dr. James Andrews regarding chronic inflammation in his right elbow (CSN Bay Area, July 29).
Meanwhile, in addition to the Giants, the Yankees, Royals, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Angels, Indians, Pirates, Orioles, Brewers and Mariners are all reportedly looking to acquire a starting pitcher before Thursday, with Jon Lester, David Price, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, Ian Kennedy, AJ Burnett and John Lackey, as well as Colon, all rumored to be available on the trade market.
Interestingly, there are a number of teams willing to pay the bulk of contracts they'd be acquiring, such as the $14 million due to Colon (for the remainder of this year, and next season's salary) or the $50 or so million due to Lee, but, by doing so, those teams feel they should give up less talent in the deal. However, at that point, a team like the Mets or Phillies may choose to keep their pitcher.
It's not just about shedding salary for Alderson, it's about continuing to stockpile young talent. If he can't do both, I think he'll simply keep Colon and revisit the market in August or this winter.