There was heavy speculation that the Angels, who lost their top starting pitcher,
But 29 teams, including the Angels, passed on Colon through waivers, according to Fox Sports. The Angels could have gained an exclusive 48-hour negotiating window with the Mets had they claimed Colon, but they also would have run the risk of having to assume the pitcher's hefty contract if the Mets let him go via a waiver claim.
The Angels already have about $140-million in salary commitments for luxury tax purposes to 10 players who under contract for 2015. Salaries for arbitration-eligible players and those with less than three years big league service time could push that payroll figure well past $170 million.
If the Angels absorbed Colon's $11-million salary for 2015, it would push them right up against the $189-million luxury-tax threshold, which Owner Arte Moreno does not want to pass, and leave them virtually no flexibility to pursue a free-agent pitcher next winter.