Despite winning seven of eight heading into the All-Star break, the Mets remain a long ways out of the NL East race. So long, it appears, they are ready to become sellers with the trade deadline up ahead.
On Tuesday, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported that starting pitcher Bartolo Colon is now available in trade talks, just two and a half weeks before July 31.
Here is what he wrote:
"The Mets are not yet believed to be engaged in serious talks about Colon, and it is not a foregone conclusion that he will be dealt, but a major league source predicted dialogue would increase in the next week."
Rubin believes Colon could interest a contending team looking for a No. 3 or 4 starter. Colon, 41, is 8-8 with a 3.99 ERA in 121 2/3 innings pitched this season. The veteran has improved as the year has progressed with a 2.74 ERA over his last 10 starts.
If the Mets were to deal Colon, it could give them a clearer picture for their rotation in 2015. With Matt Harvey set to return next year, they will also have Zack Wheeler, Jonathan Niese and Dillon Gee. With Colon out of the mix, they could fill out their staff with top prospects Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero - who are currently in Triple-A - or with 26-year-old Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.18 ERA in 2014).
It is not clear what Colon could fetch at this point, but given the Mets' current roster, the expected return would likely be MLB-ready position player prospects.