Bartolo Colon laughed when asked about the possibility that the Mets may trade him prior to Sunday's waiver Trade Deadline. A 17-year veteran of eight big league clubs, Colon pays so little heed to this sort of thing that he was unaware he even hit the waiver wire until a reporter brought reports of it to his attention.

"Whatever the team and ownership decide to do, that's their part," Colon replied through an interpreter. "My part is to pitch."

Yet the possibility of his impending departure is real. Now all but out of contention in 2014, the Mets are staring at a 2015 rotation that could include Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, Jacob deGrom and Dillon Gee, with Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero both eager to assume their own places within that hierarchy. While Colon would make that group stronger, giving the Mets a measure of starting pitching depth that few teams possess, his presence is not necessary.

Colon's value to playoff contenders this September, meanwhile, would be high, considering his 3.82 ERA and 5.91 strikeout-to-walk ratio -- including a 4-2 record and a 2.88 ERA over his past six starts. At age 41, Colon is as good as ever.

That is why the Mets reportedly placed Colon on waivers over the weekend, opening the door for three possible scenarios:

• A team claims Colon and the Mets work out a trade with that club.

• A team claims him and the Mets are unable to strike a deal, pulling him back and making him ineligible for a trade until the winter.

• Colon goes unclaimed, allowing the Mets to negotiate freely with any club.

A fourth scenario -- that of the Mets simply allowing a claiming team to absorb Colon's contract and salary -- seems unlikely. Given Colon's success at age 41, there will undoubtedly be a market for him this winter, and general manager Sandy Alderson has already discussed the possibility that he could entertain a deal at that time.