Yankees Trade Deadline Target: Bartolo Colon

YUS - Jim McIsaac

A reunion is in order!

The Yankees' starting rotation is in dire straits. Four of the five starters from the Opening Day rotation are gone due to injury and the de facto ace is either Hiroki Kuroda or Brandon McCarthy. Fierce. They have gone through numerous offensive struggles, but that starting rotation is a bigger concern with both Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda on the shelf indefinitely. However, they could turn to an old friend for support.

Veteran righty Bartolo Colon was seemingly done with baseball by 2010, but on a hunch from bench coach Tony Pena, the Yankees ended up resurrecting his career in 2011 after giving him a non-roster invite to spring training. Colon parlayed his success into a deal with the Athletics, and he was even better in 2012 and 2013 as Oakland won back-to-back AL West division titles. Colon then received a two-year, $20 million contract with the Mets in the off-season, and after a slow start, he's been great despite being in his forties. Colon has a 3.99 ERA, 3.66 FIP, and a minuscule 1.26 BB/9 in 18 starts with the Mets. Without Matt Harvey, the Mets' rotation seemed very shaky, but Colon has brought stability.

Colon's future with the Mets is uncertain though, given his advanced age, the Mets' youth movement, and the plethora of talented pitching prospects. Does Colon really have a place in their 2015 team? Rumors were already abound over the All-Star Break about the Mets putting him on the market. If he is indeed for sale, the Yankees might want to inquire on their former pitcher. Colon has been amazingly consistent, and like he has with the Mets' rotation, he would offer some stability to the Yankees' jumble. He's not under a hefty contract, either.

The elephant in the room with this possible deal though is that the Yankees and Mets almost never trade with each other. Even if the Yankees have prospects the Mets might like, it just seems unlikely that anything would actually get done. Nonetheless, if the two crosstown rivals did decide to collaborate, it would make some sense on both sides.

Would you decide to pull the trigger on a Colon deal? If so, what is the most you'd give up for him? Sound off in the comments, and let us know what you would do to get this beautiful man back in slim-fitting pinstripes. He was a lot of fun three years ago; could he recapture that magic?

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