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The Savvyest, Smaller Moves Executed This MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline

The 2014 MLB Non-Waiver Trade Deadline was arguably the most memorable deadline in recent history. With the likes of David Price, Jon Lester, John Lackey, Yoenis Cespedes, Austin Jackson and many more stars moving around, experts and fans alike were in full swoon mode.

But sometimes when All-Stars are on the move, the brilliant, lesser trades fall through the cracks. In an attempt to pay proper homage to such, below are the five deals from this past deadline that deserve to share a bit of the spotlight with the bigger fish.

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Bartolo Colon: So What’s The Trade Market For a 41-Year-Old Pitcher?

Being six games under .500 and eight-and-a-half games out of first place, the 2014 New York Mets still have a decent chance to not be a bad team this season. Especially if Jenrry Mejia’s recent comments in his SNY.tv interview are indicative of the team’s ambitions, it’s quite possible the second half of 2014 could at least be enjoyable for fans.

But if the organization’s true vision is be competitive in 2015—not this season—then general manager Sandy Alderson has about four days to decide if the Mets will be buyers or sellers at the July 31 trade deadline. And if the latter, Bartolo Colon should be playing elsewhere in August.

Colon has been solid for the Mets in 2014, posting a 4.03 ERA (versus a 3.50 FIP), park-adjusted 87 ERA+ and 5.26 strikeouts-to-walks ratio over 126.2 innings. The right-hander’s 1.3 walks-per-nine-innings ratio also ranks near the league’s finest.

The veteran’s value to pitching-starved, playoff-hungry teams is undeniable. In addition to averaging 6.2 innings-per-start in 2014, the Mets have also displayed a willingness to eat part of the $14.5 million Colon is owed between this year and next, according to NY Daily News’ Andy Martino–making the veteran that much more affordable.

Then again, Colon’s inconceivable durability and success at age 41 in many ways makes his trade value a bit more enigmatic than your average veteran pitcher. In an attempt to evaluate the potential return Colon could net the Mets, below are six summer deals (dating back to 2009) that involved non-ace, veteran starting pitchers.

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Trade Deadline Can’t Come Soon Enough for New York Mets Fans

The 2013 baseball season is still in its fetal state. Teams like the Colorado Rockies, for instance, have until March 31–about 17 days from now–to make organization-altering decisions, like tapping Miguel Batista over Daniel Rosenbaum as their long man.

Oh, there will be blood (or at least, poetry).

For the New York Mets, however, there are grander issues at hand. As etched in stone as the Mets’ poor fate seems to be, there are some key future dates that will help shed light on the team’s actual chances this coming season. From April 19 through April 28, the Mets play nine games against perennial rivals, the Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Philadelphia Phillies.

In addition, the oft-anticipated Subway Series (consisting of four games) commences May 27 at Citi Field, and concludes May 30 at Yankee Stadium. Heck, even the free post-game Foreigner concert is scheduled for June 14–which will be 67 games into the season. By mid-June, will the Mets be “Hot Blooded” or “Cold As Ice”? Only time will tell. Continue reading