Bartolo Colon must really want out. The veteran right-hander hasn’t exactly drawn great interest heading toward next week’s non-waiver trade deadline, but on Wednesday had the kind of performance for the Mets that gets you noticed. After retiring the first 20 batters he faced, Colon settled for a three-hitter over 7 ¹/₃ innings in the Mets’ 3-2 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field. Robinson Cano’s single to left field with two outs in the seventh spoiled Colon’s dance with perfection. The Mets remain without a perfect game, two years after Johan Santana became the first pitcher in franchise history to throw a no-hitter. “I didn’t think about the perfect game,” Colon said after the Mets (48-53) won their second straight. “Until you get to the ninth inning, you shouldn’t be thinking about that.” Colon (9-8) is deemed expendable by the front office because of the organization’s pitching depth and the fact he is owed $11 million for next season. But trade talks involving Colon have been minimal, according to industry sources, with Colon’s contract a possible sticking point, as the Mets do not seem inclined to eat dollars. Even so, general manager Sandy Alderson has another week to convince potential suitors the 41-year-old Colon is worth the financial commitment. “Those are decisions for the upper management and you can’t think about that stuff,” Colon said. Over his 101 pitches on Wednesday, Colon allowed three hits and one walk with five strikeouts.
Cano ends Colon’s dance with perfection, Mets still top M’s
New York Post | Jul 24