Before trading Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers the Marlins offered to eat a big portion of his contract in a potential deal with the A’s.
According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com prior to the Dodgers making their strong interest in Ramirez known the Marlins were discussing a trade in which they would have paid “about half the remaining money on Ramirez’s contract” in exchange for two unnamed A’s minor leaguers.
Ramirez is owed about $7 million for the remainder of this season, plus $15.5 million in 2013 and $16 million in 2014, so eating “about half” of that money would have been approximately $20 million.
Instead they wound up not only unloading Ramirez’s entire contract on the Dodgers without having to eat any of the $40 million, they also got a legitimately very good, MLB-ready pitching prospect in Nathan Eovaldi. Knobler reports that the A’s “held off making the deal because of concerns about a hand injury” and if that’s the case they ultimately did the Marlins a big favor.
Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.
Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.
Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.