There’s some interesting reading (or make that viewing) from ESPN’s Buster Olney, who addressed Bartolo Colon’s free agency status in a video blog posted Wednesday.

Olney reports that team executives around the majors are “running in the other direction from this pitcher” because of Colon’s age and his suspension for performance-enhancing drug use during the 2012 season.

Does this improve the Oakland A’s chances for re-signing Colon, who turns 41 in May but is coming off an 18-win season? Olney believes that the A’s decision not to extend Colon a $14.1 million qualifying offer is evidence that they have their own reservations about the right-hander.

It’s clear the A’s aren’t putting all their eggs in one basket with their pitching search. They’ve reportedly contacted 38-year-old free-agent starter Tim Hudson. That could mean A’s officials are seriously interested in Hudson (as well as other veterans on the open market), but it could also be intended as a signal to Colon’s camp that the A’s won’t sit paralyzed in their decision-making while Colon entertains offers from other teams.

The unknown, of course, is just how big any of those offers might be. Olney speculates that Colon eventually will land a one-year deal from a big-market team in the range of $10-12 million, though he notes there’s a fear that no team wants to be stuck paying Colon a hefty salary when he finally starts showing his age on the mound.