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When New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon was placed on (and eventually cleared) revocable waivers, many in the baseball world thought that the Los Angeles Angels would be the logical destination.
After all, they’ve lost Tyler Skaggs and Garrett Richards to injury and have a rotation that seems to need a veteran arm for a postseason run.
Alas, no such deal was consummated.
At the time, Mike DiGiovanna from the Los Angeles Times cited concerns about the luxury tax next season as the chief reason. He wrote that general manager Jerry Dipoto “would probably want the Mets to assume a chunk of the pitcher’s 2015 salary” as part of any deal. And that isn't going to happen.
There are other guys, of course. Houston Astros starter Scott Feldman cleared waivers at the same time Colon did, but he also comes with significant financial burden.
Another option who was mentioned by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal is Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill. Cahill fits the financial model, but Rosenthal cited sources when he wrote that “no deal is anticipated.”
So barring an unforeseen change, the Angels will finish the rest of the season with Jered Weaver, Matt Shoemaker, C.J. Wilson and Hector Santiago as the front four. Not exactly awe-inspiring, but it could work.
Shoemaker, for example, is pitching quite well and should garner AL Rookie of the Year consideration. Meanwhile, Weaver and Wilson are capable of turning it on at any time, and Santiago has been dominant in the past.
And let's not forget that as long as Mike Scioscia is at the helm, anything is possible. Him and Mike Trout, anyway.
Regardless, what you see is what you get. This is the group that Dipoto is going to put his faith in.