Bartolo Colon

Report: Giants interested in trading for Bartolo Colon

Update: According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, maybe we should pump the brakes on this whole Colon-to-the-Giants thing. I guess this isn’t THAT surprising, since Brian Sabean has said that they don’t want to add much (if any) guaranteed money to their already-bloated 2015 payroll.

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This one seems pretty straightforward, once you translate the español into inglés.

Marly Rivera says the Giants have shown interest in Bartolo Colon, a report that makes almost too much sense.

  • Matt Cain was placed on the disabled list yesterday due to elbow crankiness.
  • The Giants’ fifth starter is Yusmeiro Petit, which takes away their best/only long reliever.
  • Behind Petit, the top major league-ready starters in the system are …
  • Colon is making $9 million this year and $11 million in 2015 (at age 42) — not an incredible amount of money for a durable starter, but enough so that the Mets wouldn’t be able to ask for too much in return.
  • The Giants have made a couple trades with the Mets recently … OK, both trades occurred in 2011, but Brian Sabean and Sandy Alderson haven’t gone anywhere.
  • The Mets have the 10th-best record in the National League and are eight games behind the current wild card teams.

On the bright side: Colon finished sixth in the AL Cy Young voting last year, going 18-6 with three shutouts and a 2.65 ERA for the A’s. Colon’s FIP is 3.58, just a shade over the 3.23 number he put up last year. So while he might not be quite as good as we saw last year, it’s not like he’s fallen off a cliff or anything.

Also, this:

Because who doesn’t like watching pitchers take ridiculous swings? That is, until they try to beat out an infield single and their hamstrings say “nope.”

On the not-so-bright side:  He hasn’t been all that great lately, with an ERA of 5.88 over his last four starts. Small sample size? Sure, but one never knows when the end will come for a guy who turned 41 two months ago.

Also, this:

At least Colon seems to have a sense of humor, because the fat jokes are going to get out of hand if/when he comes to town. With Pablo Sandoval’s weight heading back to more, ahem, *normal* levels in recent weeks, Twitter jokesters, internet commenters and local columnists are going to flood our screens with jokes about team spreads not being big enough, players having to sit on opposite sides of the team plane for balancing purposes, and Giants teammates who we haven’t seen for a long time possibly being eaten.

Then there’s Colon’s 2012 PED suspension, so get ready for some Melky Cabrera jokes as well.

People are monsters (except you, you’re cool). But the Giants don’t care, at least not enough to turn down an innings-eater (NOT A FAT JOKE).

Colon has only worn two numbers in his career, the one you see above and 21. Since Madison Bumgarner isn’t giving up 40, Mike Murphy might as well get a head start and order some No. 21 Colon jerseys. And I’m not going to make a snide comment about what size jerseys Murph will have to special-order, you heathens.

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