I’m not sure how serious the Jays ever were when it came to bringing Bartolo Colon to the Rogers Centre, but the opportunity is no longer there, as he’s moved to the National League, agreeing to a two year deal with the Mets.
Sources: #Mets, Colon in agreement on two-year, $20M deal, pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2013
Or… maybe it’s more actually that the Mets agreed to pay Colon, rather than the other way around. Clearly he was chasing a second year on the deal, and clearly the Mets were the team that was desperate enough to add him to do it. I don’t think it’s necessarily a terrible move on there part, but as for the Jays’ lack of traction here– read: their lack of willingness to overpay– I think it could signal one of two things…
One, they feel good enough about their internal pieces, or about the other options on the table, that they didn’t feel the need to go so heavily (note: heh!) after Colon.
Two, they don’t feel they have enough room in their budget– or enough of an ability to move money around to create room and still keep the team viable– in order to spend this much on a guy like Colon and still have room to do more.
The hopelessly negative lot out there will be sure it’s the latter, no doubt, but to me even that is a good thing. If they’ve only got one bullet left in their budget, I’m OK with it not being a desperation move for Colon over two years. Of course, I don’t really believe that’s all they’ve got going for them, either. I could be way wrong on that, or they might actually have options that end up falling apart on them, but I think it’s an OK bet that we’re not going to rue the day the Jays didn’t agree to pay a 40-year-old Colon $20-million over two years. Might work out to be a decent deal, even. But… whatever.
And if it lessens the pathways and gives Alex Anthopoulos some clarity on how to move next, that’s probably an alright thing too.
Then again, if they end up dealing their best prospects instead of just swallowing hard to get a guy like Colon, maybe my rosy look at it is entirely a load of shit. But they haven’t done that yet, have they?
So… there’s that.