The San Francisco Giants are apparently looking for more than relief pitching, as it seems they are now showing interest in New York Mets starting pitching Bartolo Colon (RHP), according to Marly Rivera of ESPN (h/t to Max Wildstein of On Base Talk).
Colon has a 4.12 ERA in his first season with the Mets. Prior to that, he recently pitched two season with the Oakland Athletics where he was a 2013 All-Star. The Mets are reportedly looking to trade him at the deadline due to a recent slump this season. He’s 41 years old and 0-3 in his last four starts so if the Mets are serious about moving him, he may come cheap to the Giants who could use a low-risk starter to replace Matt Cain in the rotation. He’s signed with the Mets through the 2015 season to a 2 year/$20 million contract and is in his 15th year in the big leagues.
Colon could be a good fit in San Francisco having already pitched in Oakland and having strong seasons in his time there. He’s obviously not an ace in the rotation, but a change of scenery for him may help. The Giants could also fill that uncertain spot that Cain holds in the rotation. The question the Giants will have to make though is whether he will be better than Yusmeiro Petit in filling that void.
If the price is right, I’d say it’s a gamble the Giants may be willing to make for a middle of the road, veteran, starting pitcher. At the very least, we’d get some pretty humorous at-bats to watch from him.
We’ll keep you posted if we see any other sources confirming the Giants interest.