New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Trade Rumors: Bartolo Colon Still A Possibility For Kansas City Royals

Bartolo Colon has cleared waivers and evidently, the Kansas City Royals may have interest in acquiring the veteran starting pitcher for the stretch run.

According to Andy Martino, of the New York Daily News, via the Bleacher Report team feed, the Royals are one of a few teams that are showing interest.

There is still active interest in Colon. One American League executive identified that Angels, Dodgers and Royals as teams he expected to be most engaged.

How much interest the Royals have seems unclear at this point. The Royals have financial restrictions, and most of the top prospects are not Major League ready at this point.

Kansas City remains a possibility, though they had no payroll flexibility last month, and might not have a fit in prospects, either.

Bartolo Colon has been effective despite his advancing age. The 41-year old has an ERA of 3.35, and a WHIP of 1.147. He has 130 strikeouts in 167.1 innings. He has only walked 22.

Colon gives up a lot of hits – 170 so far this season, and might be the type of pitcher that a great defense would help out. His Batting Average on Ball in Play is .299, so the Royals fine defense might cut that number down.

Colon is owed $11 million in 2015 so it is very difficult to see the Royals making a trade for him where they would have to pay that much. According the Martino, the Mets don’t seem inclined to eat much of that salary.

Last night, after word spread that Colon had cleared waivers, the question circulating around the game was how much of the pitcher’s $11 million salary the Mets would absorb. In July, we reported that the team was willing to eat about $2 million to facilitate a deal, and nothing substantial has changed since.

Even at $9 million, it is risky for the Royals to wager on such an old pitcher, even though Colon hasn’t had an ERA over 3.83 since 2009.

There is also the question of where he would fit in on this rotation. The Royals have to be wary, at the very least, of the innings being racked by their pair of talented youngsters. Danny Duffy has 128 IP, and rookie Yordano Ventura is at 145.2.

Those totals aren’t extremely high right now, but if the Royals make the playoffs, and go very deep, their innings pitched could be a factor.

It is interesting the Royals are still at least considered to be interested. Maybe it is really an indication that management realizes the Royals not only have a chance to make the playoffs for the first time since 1985, but can be competitive in a short series, against anyone.

Stay tuned for anymore Kansas City Royals trade rumors over the next few days.

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