WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sandy Alderson was mulling over what would seem to be a no-brainer Wednesday night. Thursday, Bartolo Colon would become a free agent and the Mets were still thinking about bringing the 44-year-old righthander back.
“Certainly we know him and we just have to decide what he can do for us,” Mets’ assistant GM John Ricco said. “I know Sandy is mulling it over.”
While Alderson is weighing Colon’s 2-8 record and 8.14 ERA in 13 starts with the Braves this season, the Mets staff is ranked the third-worst in the majors with a 4.92 ERA and their bullpen, which was also ranked the third-worst in baseball with a 5.04 ERA.
The Braves, who designated Colon for assignment last Thursday, would be responsible for the remainder of his $ 12.5 million salary for 2017. Any team that signs him would only have to pay him the pro-rated major league minimum.
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Two team sources said the Mets are still open to the idea of a reunion, adding that returning to a place where Colon was beloved by fans and teammate the last three years might rejuvenate him. One Mets source said Colon knew how to pitch to his spots in Citi Field and would most likely respond well if he returned.
In three years with the Mets, Colon went 44-34 with a 3.90 ERA. After completing a two-year deal with the Mets in 2015, Colon re-signed with the Mets on a one-year deal knowing the team preferred him to work out of the bullpen.
Colon, who still has his family based in northern New Jersey, said last offseason his preference was to re-sign with the Mets, but the Braves threw a lot of money at him early in free agency.
Now, Colon would most likely be happy to return to the Mets. And for the team, it is a low-risk, potentially high-reward move.
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After being held out of the starting lineup for three straight games with tightness in his right hip, outfielder Curtis Granderson was back in there Wednesday night. Mets manager Terry Collins didn’t release his lineup until about an hour before the game to make sure Granderson could go.
The 36-year-old Granderson had to show he was able to sprint and make cuts to prove he could be reinserted in the lineup.
As expected, Yoenis Cespedes, who missed Tuesday’s game after suffering a hamstring cramp during Monday night’s game, was back in the lineup on Wednesday. Also, T.J. Rivera, who left Tuesday’s game with cramps in both legs, was in the lineup. With a healthy Granderson, however, Rivera, who played an emergency left field Tuesday, was back in the outfield.
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Michael Conforto, who has been on the disabled list with a bruised left wrist, took swings in the batting cage for the second straight day on Wednesday.
“It actually feels great,” Conforto said.
He will head to St. Lucie (where he’ll be teammates with none other than Tim Tebow) for a rehab game appearance on Thursday. Conforto is eligible to come off the DL on Saturday. The Mets’ lone All-Star representative, Conforto is expected to be ready to play in the Midsummer Classic.
The Mets traded minor league infielder Milton Ramos to Baltimore in exchange for International Signing Bonus Pool space.
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Ramos, 21, was batting .227 with seven doubles, one triple and 18 RBI in 57 games for Class-A Columbia of the South Atlantic League.
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