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Los Angeles Angels Get: SP Bartolo Colon
New York Mets Get: OF Collin Cowgill, OF/IF Grant Green
When Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted that New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson had put starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (12-10, 3.82 ERA, 1.147 WHIP) on revocable waivers, the rumors began flying.
Near the top of the list of rumored destinations are the Los Angeles Angels. In part, this is due to the fact that Rosenthal mentioned them by name, but there is also the reality that the Angels appear in need of a starting pitcher after Garrett Richards was lost for the season after tearing a patellar tendon in his left knee last week.
So now that Colon has cleared waivers, per Rosenthal, what would Angels GM Jerry Dipoto have to offer up in return? Considering that he has one of the weakest farm systems in baseball, and Mets GM Sandy Alderson is in no rush to trade Colon, the talent will have to come from the active roster.
As such, a deal for Collin Cowgill and Grant Green should do the trick.
Acquired from the Mets last June, Cowgill is making the most of his at-bats. All told, he is only hitting .268, but he has drawn 21 walks, leading to a .385 on-base percentage, and has a .368/.429/.500 slash line in high-leverage situations, per splits over at Baseball-Reference.
Regarding Green, he has a lifetime .311/.358/.478 slash line with 70 doubles and 167 RBI across parts of three seasons at Triple-A. According to Nick J. Faleris and Bret Sayre from Baseball Prospectus, “He should hit for average with a good number of doubles and low-double-digit home runs, and will show some on-base ability while providing positive value on the bases.”
The best piece of Green’s repertoire is his ability to play on the infield and in the outfield. That would serve a club like the Mets well in the near future.
For his part, Colon, who is owed $11 million next season, is ready for whatever happens, saying that his “part is to pitch,” via MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo. It must be imagined, however, that a return to the Angels would be welcome.
All that said, the Angels don’t necessarily need another starting pitcher. As Dayn Perry from CBS Sports noted, “there's something to be said for letting the bats, increased reliance on the relief corps and the prevailing randomness of October ‘small sample size’ baseball do their respective things and seeing what comes out of the sausage-grinder.”
Perry’s points are valid, and besides, perhaps Alderson is able to include Colon in a larger package this offseason, making a trade now premature.
We shall see what happens, but if Dipoto wants to bring the right-hander over, this is a deal that could work.
Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and are accurate as of game time on Monday, August 25. Transaction, prospect, game and injury information are courtesy of MLB.com. Contract information pulled from Cot's Contracts.