By Nick Ziegler (@Ziggy26x)

July 14th, 2014

The New York Mets have made Bartolo Colon available before the July 31st trade deadline, as the 41 year old right-hander can be traded for if the offer is good enough to satisfy the Mets.

Colon is pitching pretty well for the Mets this season with a (8-8) record, and an ERA of 3.99, and should draw some interest on the market. Colon is making $9 million dollars this season and $11 million for 2015, but would bring an improvement to some rotations of teams looking to make the playoffs.

New York has a ton of depth currently in the rotation, with Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee, Jacob deGrom, and Johnathon Niese all having success in the majors. Their ace Matt Harvey will be back from Tommy John surgery next season, with highly regarded prospects, Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero in Triple-A. The depth the Mets have in the pitching department, likely means that if Colon is moved they will try to get some young position playing prospects back in return.

In a separate deal, General Manager Sandy Alderson is also said to be looking to acquire a Shortstop that would be an upgrade over Ruben Tejada. The Chicago Cubs make a lot of sense for the Mets to be trade partners with, due to their surplus of Shortstops. Starlin Castro’s name has been brought up a lot, but with the Cubs getting Addison Russell in the trade with the Oakland Athletics, another great prospect in Javier Baez might be available now.