Assessing Bartolo Colon's possible next destination

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New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon has pitched well this season. In his first season with the Mets, he has an 8-8 record with a 3.99 ERA.

He leads the team in innings pitched with 121.2, which is 13.1 innings more than fellow teammate and pitcher Zach Wheeler.

With the stance the Mets are in now in the National League East, they are looking to put up Colon for a trade. According to ESPN, the Mets righty is up on the trade block once again as he will most likely be pitching for a new team before the July 31 trade deadline.

The irony behind the Mets rotation is their team ERA of 3.50 is top 10 in the majors.

If Colon is dealt, it will be the seventh different team he has pitched for in the past seven seasons (excluding 2010; missed season with injuries).

Colon is the type of hurler that can fit right into the middle of any rotation. That is, which team needs him the most?

As of now, there are a few teams in need of a pitcher like Colon that can tally up innings and provide quality starts down the stretch.

Two teams that will surely be in the thick of a pennant race that can be ruled out are the Washington Nationals and Oakland A’s (Colon’s former team), who are MLB ranked #1 and #2 in team ERA. That leaves a handful of teams that would consider Colon.

One team that might stand out is the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates mostly every season are in need of an arm. A playoff team last year, the Buccos could be looking to trade. Even though Pittsburgh is currently fourth in the National League Central, only a 3.5 game lead stands between them, the Reds, Cardinals, and Brewers.

Colon can compliment the top three pitchers in the Pirates rotation as their #4 guy. Presently, they have Charlie Morton, Edinson Volquez, and Gerrit Cole. They may have a team ERA of 3.78 and ranked 12th in MLB but Colon can back up pitchers a fair amount.

The Toronto Blue Jays are also a team in need of an arm. With a team ERA of 4.07, the Jays are 24th in MLB in pitching. Pitchers Mark Buerhle (a potential Cy Young candidate) and R.A. Dickey are Toronto’s top two pitchers. Colon can fit in as their third hurler in the rotation.

It’d be a smart move for a Blue Jays team that is only four games behind the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East and near the top of the wild card race.

Of course, Bartolo Colon’s next team could come as complete surprise, but then again the Pirates or Blue Jays may take the opportunity of making him one of their own.

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