The Dodgers Didn’t Claim Bartolo Colon

In case you were wondering how badly the Dodgers were concerned about a starting rotation that has recently had Dan Haren, Kevin Correia and Roberto Hernandez in it, apparently the answer is “not that bad.” Bartolo Colon cleared waivers, meaning that no team claimed him and he’s now eligible to be traded to anyone. It’s a bit surprising that Colon made it through, because despite his appearance, he’s long been an effective starter — he’s keeping it up this year with a 3.82 ERA / 3.35 FIP — largely because he absolutely refuses to walk anyone, with just 22 walks in 167.1 innings this year.

He also looks funny when he bats.

You’d have thought that the Angels (now without Garrett Richards or Tyler Skaggs) or someone else desperate for starting pitching would have put a claim in. Perhaps the $12m due him for the remainder of this season and through 2015 scared them off, but honestly, what’s $12m in baseball these days, especially for a pitcher who seems to be able to pump out endless 2-3 win seasons? He’s no star, but he’s average to slightly above, and for a lot of teams, that’s a big upgrade.

For the Dodgers, with two days off this week and Hyun-jin Ryu coming back soon to bump Correia to the bullpen, maybe the need wasn’t so acute. If you want to argue that Colon wouldn’t be a substantial enough upgrade on Hernandez to bother, I don’t know that I’d agree, but I’d understand. Of course, that assumes that you don’t think Zack Greinke‘s elbow is going to be a problem, or that Ryu’s return will be totally fine, or that you’re okay with one of the veteran trio at the back end starting a potential Game 4 in a playoff series.

I don’t know that I’d be able to sleep soundly at night with all of that risk. I mean, I’ll sleep great, because I’m not running the team, and we of course don’t know what kind of return the Mets would want, though it was unlikely to be much. Since every team in the bigs passed up the opportunity, clearly they must all know something we don’t. As usual, the only thing we know for sure is this: waivers are really dumb and make no sense.


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Mike wrote daily for over six long years (2007-13) about the Dodgers at Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness, which was named 2011′s “Best Sports Blog” by LA Weekly. He can currently be found writing multiple times per week at FanGraphs and ESPN, has been a producer and editor for Sports on Earth, and built The Hardball Times. He lives in New York City and will probably be asleep or on vacation when awesome things happen.


546 comments
grumpy3b
grumpy3b

with luxury tax for this and next year, Colon simply costs too much for the return.  Were he a rental for this season, OK; as a guy still owed $11M + tax next year, not so much.  He would be a nice addition to the staff but I just don't see it as a fit beyond this season.

- Casey -
- Casey -

Just watched 25 min of Andrelton Simmons defensive highlights on YouTube. 


My conclusion: He good. 

Jacopo (How is this a bad plan!)
Jacopo (How is this a bad plan!)

Huh. Clayton Kershaw is the career ERA leader among active pitchers. By a half run. Not sure if that is significant or not.

Ovaltine Rabbit
Ovaltine Rabbit

Lobo is gonna shit his pants when he hears the news. Calling it now.

OCDodger
OCDodger

There's a French rugby player named Faraj Fartass

Jacopo (How is this a bad plan!)
Jacopo (How is this a bad plan!)

By my math, Kershaw will get 5 more starts. Absent a complete melt down over those starts, I'm guessing he's got the NL Cy Young wrapped up.

P_F_P
P_F_P

I logged onto DD at 2:45 in the morning AHT just so I could go back to the previous thread, scroll down, and upvote Brim's LADT zinger.


Night (morning?) all.

Hoze
Hoze

http://i.imgur.com/PEMGMC2.png


Time for bed. I think it bears repeating that the BP will need help the rest of the way, and the best option is Papelbon. Inserting him in the 9th seems demanding but that doesnt necessarily mean that the late-game impact solely rests on his performance. 

There are high-leverage situations throughout the game, an issue more to do with base-state and score issue than inning-dependent. He has done really well this year and to succumb to this wishes to remain closer (his last year of his contract depends on it) will only be a small compromise in order to improve the teams chances significantly. 


BLAH BLAH HERE ARE STATS: Inserting Papelbon in the bullpen creates the following ranking: 


1st in 2nd half WPAhttp://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=rel&lg=all&qual=0&type=3&season=2014&month=31&season1=2014&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=5975,8245,3096,715,3731,6485,13398,5420,3547 


*the metric is  more than x2 better than Jansen over the whole season*


2nd in RA9-WARhttp://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=all&stats=rel&lg=all&qual=0&type=6&season=2014&month=31&season1=2014&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=5975,8245,3096,715,3731,6485,13398,5420,3547&sort=3,d




InsideThePark (Sunset Gate)
InsideThePark (Sunset Gate)

and from earlier, hearing seagulls squawking in the background as the Giants announcers rip their team is like music to my ears.

InsideThePark (Sunset Gate)
InsideThePark (Sunset Gate)

That Giants loss was a TEAM loss. Peavy pitched okay, only 1 earned. But his body language and showing visible annoyance out there. You gotta stay composed and inspire your team to play better behind you.

4 errors

4 double plays.

Lead off triple stranded.

And Peavy had an error (shared blame) and a balk so even though Eddings was terrible behind home plate, this was a wasted game.

Oh well, I'll take that half game. 5 game lead!! Would like it to be double digits heading into the 6 head to heads remaining.

TheDeliMan
TheDeliMan

Not sure who the other wrestling fans are here.  For the one of you who told me that were attending Raw tonight, I am sorry.  Pretty crap show.  Hopefully it was still fun live.

Lobo
Lobo

Better 80's movie theme song: You're the Best Around from The Karate Kid or Power of Love from Back to the Future?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Scouting

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

@Jacopo (How is this a bad plan!) the real question is, will he win it unanimously?


I say no. Obviously the math will always favor "the field," and I bet one writer will think Kershaw missed too much time and toss a vote to Cueto or Wainwright.

OCDodger
OCDodger

@DBrim 

I wonder why more people don't talk about Ryu being a really good pitcher 

Hoze
Hoze

Goodnight.

OSaltyOne
OSaltyOne

@Lobo Best Around is my current ringtone, so that one

DBrim
DBrim moderator

The Pokemon Tekken thing?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

By FIP it's nowhere close. But Cueto was ahead in RA9 value as recently as last week. 99% of the voters don't care about FIP, either.