Yankees Sign Bartolo Colon

Nine years ago, Bartolo Colon was a stud pitcher on his way to a 20-win season. As talk of relocation continued, the Montreal Expos went all in, shipping prospects Cliff Lee, Brandon Phillips and Grady Sizemore to Cleveland for Colon. Both Colon and Lee have won Cy Young Awards since, but Lee was this offseason's top free agent and Colon is a consolation prize for a Yankees team that has a thin rotation despite its fat checkbook.

Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Yankees have signed Colon to a minor league deal (Twitter link). Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Colon will earn $900K in the majors and has the right to be released if he isn't on the team after Spring Training (Twitter links).

Colon, 38 in May, last pitched in the majors for the 2009 White Sox. He started 12 games for Chicago and posted a 4.19 ERA with 5.5 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and a 44.4% ground ball rate in 62 1/3 innings. Before that he pitched for the Red Sox, where he was effective for a seven-start stint in 2008. Colon's last standout season came in 2005, when he won the Cy Young Award for the Angels.

The Rangers, Indians, Rockies and Pirates all monitored Colon this offseason as he pitched in the Dominican Republic


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289 Comments on "Yankees Sign Bartolo Colon"


4 years 7 months ago

ALBONDIGA!

4 years 7 months ago

no press confrence. was this the guy that Brian Cashman wanted lol

4 years 7 months ago

I think this is going to be a better move for the Yankees than the Yankee haters are hoping it will. Colon wouldn’t have worked this far back if he didn’t have the desire, and his temperament will make him a great addition in the clubhouse. On top of all of that, the Yanks won’t look quite so cry-baby-ish a year and a half from now, when Cliff Lee goes on the 60-day DL with a bad back.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

and the award for dumbest post goes to…..

pjtres
4 years 7 months ago

lunchbox45. lol

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

good one, back under the bridge you go.

East Coast Bias
4 years 7 months ago

Dude… what the hell are you talking about?! If Colon makes our lineup in any way, we have a lot bigger problem than we think we do.

0bsessions
4 years 7 months ago

Biggest advice for you to guys is to keep him the heck away from interleague games.

Seriously, he was pretty alright for us, but he threw out his back swinging for the fences and he’s a few years closer to forty now. Decent depth move and the money’s trivial at their budget, but this has a 1-1,000 chance of being anything but $900K down the toilet.

East Coast Bias
4 years 7 months ago

I remember that swing! Hilarious..

1104
4 years 7 months ago

“Threw out his back” is an understatement. After that swing, guy left the batters box, the field, the dugout, the ballpark, the city of Boston, *and* the country. He went back to the DR and was never heard from for the rest of the season!! “Suspended indefinitely” because, well, he had no intention of coming back up.

4 years 7 months ago

Respectfully disagree. I look forward to a 39 year-old Bartolo Colon like I would have *dreaded* a 39 year-old Cliff Lee. But then again, that’s why they play the games, isn’t it.

rude69
4 years 7 months ago

We have a big problem already and his signing up will not hurt anything and if it works out it will be win win for everyone and if it works out it was a cheap fix.

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

Nice to see you’re not bitter about Cliff Lee.

4 years 7 months ago

Not that there’s anything at stake here — we’re talking about baseball, not foreign policy — but just for the record, if you were, hypothetically, to go back through my posts to the time before Lee committed to the Phillies, you’d find me saying that signing him to such a long contract after he’s already exhibited a quirky back is a terrible idea. Like I said, it doesn’t matter one way or the other, but it’s only bitterness if I thought we’d be glad to have him, which I never did.

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

I’ve got no idea what you said before the deal happened and if you were against it, kudos. But “the Yanks won’t look quite so cry-baby-ish a year and a half from now, when Cliff Lee goes on the 60-day DL with a bad back” sounds kinda bitter, whether it’s about Lee signing elsewhere or the flack the Yanks have got since I don’t know, but it definitely sounds bitter.

4 years 7 months ago

Sorry, Charlie, that’s just flatly self-contradictory. If I said it before we signed him, it isn’t bitter. Period. Someone’s going to regret signing him to that gigantic contract. I said it before it wasn’t going to be us, and I’m saying it again now that it isn’t us. Bitter means, now that it isn’t us I have to wish ill-will on the guy, where I wouldn’t have before.

MikhelB
4 years 7 months ago

Colón, like so many other players in Mexico and the Caribbean winter ball, has shown a great desire to keep on playing and staying competitive… heck, in México was playing until this season when he announced retirement, and was still in excellent shape to play thirdbase or at least be a DH, his power never diminished but he was willing to play for free (he received a car each season as a payment).

Now… i don’t know if Bartolo Colón aged 39 equals Cliff Lee aged 39, Bartolo has been a power pitcher whose injuries started to appear once he became so overweight, Cliff Lee is a ‘finesse’ pitcher who has shown a propensity to hurt his back, but in the end i also criticized the proposed deal the Yanks offered Lee, it’s not the same to offer a pitcher tons of money with 30-35 maximum starts per season and an injury reduces his playing time at least in 1/3 of the season, to offer tons of money to Jeter, for example, since the second, if injuried, could still play AND help in 100+ games.

Steve_in_MA
4 years 7 months ago

I’m absolutely 1000% certain you are wrong. And its not because I’m a Yankee hater. Its only because I am a truly objective talent evaluator. That doesn’t mean I’m claiming to be a talented talent evaluator. It means I am objective. And I can say to a veritable certainty that this signing will make the Yankees weaker.

4 years 7 months ago

Cliff Lee has pitched 200 plus innings over the past four years.

Bartolo Colon has gained 200 pounds in the same time frame.

MikhelB
4 years 7 months ago

Actually… yes, one of his objectives is to sign washed-up, has-been players, injuried players with a high return rate to keep the minor leagues intact. That way, when the time comes to negotiate his new contract as General Manager he will be able to ask more than the $3 million dollars he is earning as of right now, based on how the experts (even ESPN) rate their minor leaguers. Specially pitching (Manuel Bañuelos from Monterrey, México is being touted as one of the 3 best lefthanders in the minor leagues who’s ready to play in the majors, and he’s just 20).

John_Ginder
4 years 7 months ago

This must be the big offseason splash right?

4 years 7 months ago

Just wait…David Wells is licking his chops right now.

-C

thebigdog
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t think they could both play for the Yankees at the same time because they only have one XXXXL jersey.

4 years 7 months ago

Have to have two with C.C. around

ea19
4 years 7 months ago

They need to put a LOT more food in the clubhouse now!!!!

Ian_Smell
4 years 7 months ago

Probably for more than one reason.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 7 months ago

Real Big! Lol!

4 years 7 months ago

Wah wah waaaahhhh :(

4 years 7 months ago

I hear he and Sandoval are doing P90X together. In the best shape of their lives.

churumba
4 years 7 months ago

Sabathia will join them

MB923
4 years 7 months ago

And Joba

$1742854
4 years 7 months ago

Fatties

boyofsummer
4 years 7 months ago

In that case, they’ll do their best and forget the rest. Bring It!

4 years 7 months ago

this is what they call in the biz, scraping the bottom of the barrel

4 years 7 months ago

I would agree, but Colon ate the barrel.

hardcoreforhardcore
4 years 7 months ago

Cue a bunch of snarky comments even though this is just a no-risk minor league signing.

rzepczynski
4 years 7 months ago

cue someones comment about cueing snarky comments

hardcoreforhardcore
4 years 7 months ago

Hey guys, look how witty this dude is.

Green_Monster
4 years 7 months ago

Cue yankees fans saying this is a low risk- high reward signing, which it is not

hardcoreforhardcore
4 years 7 months ago

If you read carefully you would have seen I said “no-risk.” No sign of high reward anywhere in my sentence.

Green_Monster
4 years 7 months ago

How is any signing ever a no risk?

4 years 7 months ago

because they’re paying him in leftover hot dog buns?

Green_Monster
4 years 7 months ago

Ya, they must have him “clean up” all of the old food

4 years 7 months ago

There’ll be some sharp elbows at the buffet table this season

MaineSox
4 years 7 months ago

Hopefully he doesn’t throw out his back

flickadave
4 years 7 months ago

Not much of that to do with CC around

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

Because $900k is literally 1/200 th of our usuall budget and he’s not guaranteed a roster spot on the 25 man roster?

East Coast Bias
4 years 7 months ago

I think it’s more of a no risk no reward signing. I hate this guy for some reason.

4 years 7 months ago

He sure had our number in the ALDS against the Angels, but that wasn’t yesterday, either.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

How is it not alow risk/high reward signing? The low risk is that it’s a $900k minor lge deal. The high reward certainly DOES NOT translate into 200 IP and a 4.00 FIP. However, if he makes the team out of ST or his called up and gives innings a a 4.50 FIP or becomes an arm out the pen then how is that NOT a high reward relative to the financial expense?

If the Sox or 28 other teams made this deal would there be more than 20 comments about it? Would any of them actually bash it?

Wasn’t Thames a low risk/high reward deal as well? Get real ppl.

wickedkevin
4 years 7 months ago

The dude is 38 and hasn’t pitched in majors since ’09. There is no HIGH reward. Low risk/mediocre reward.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

A high reward is relative to what the risk is.

Ex. Sox signing Brad Penny to $5 mil = Higher expectations or higher level of reward,

Yanks signing Colon to a $900k minor lge contract= Lower expectations than Penny/Sox situation and lower threshold of reward.

If Colon pitched a month in AAA, got called up and pitched 10 starts to a 4.75 FIP and the Yanks salvaged/scrapped 7 wins from his starts where he went 6 innings and “held” the opponent to 4 runs and then gave the Yanks 15 appearances out of the pen to a slightly better 4.20 FIP then that would literally be a HIGH reward in relations to what was paid.

jgmaynard
4 years 7 months ago

“If the Sox or 28 other teams made this deal would there be more than 20 comments about it? Would any of them actually bash it?”

Tito could hold a press conference to say that “nothing has changed since yesterday with the Red Sox,” and it would get 150 comments. And, yes, some would bash it until Godwin’s Law came into effect…. :O)

4 years 7 months ago

Umm, when the White Sox signed him in 09 I remember a huge outcry and lots of fat jokes. Then when he went missing I remember more fat jokes. So don’t think this is a Yankees bashing thing. This is a fat pitcher that has never really been THAT good bashing thing.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

Ok…ok. Here’smy contribution.

“Bartolo Colon is so fat….

….that one time he jumped in the air and got stuck”

…..that when he walks his thighs talk to one another. Left thigh says “After you my friend”… right thigh answers “No sir after you”.

……that ppl don’t walk with him,they walk among him’

See…I can join in too.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 7 months ago

Just like Bosox fans did 2 years ago! its creepy how similar the role reversal is from the Yanks-Sox offseason 2 years ago! Hopefully we win a championship just like the Yankees did!

MikhelB
4 years 7 months ago

It is low to non-risk if you consider they just spent 1/194th of the 170+ millions the bosox commited in three players this offseason… and that’s not counting the 20+ million a year extension Adrián said Theo asked him to sign until the season begins (to avoid having to pay more luxury tax in 2011), did not sound so happy about it here in México, and more so now that the bosox prohibited him from playing winter ball, which he loves because fans in México and the caribbean still love baseball for the game.

4 years 7 months ago

am i supposed to be happy?

flickadave
4 years 7 months ago

I believe they call this “Plan Z”

Csox6
4 years 7 months ago

That would be Carlos Zambrano actually

Green_Monster
4 years 7 months ago

Man, I wonder what the contract details are? Rights to all of the
‘All you can eat buffets” in New York. Unless he gets himself into good shape, he mine as well work at the food stands.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

This is probably going to be the funniest thread ever.

4 years 7 months ago

I can’t stop laughing at the headline. “Do these pinstripes make me look fat”, asked Bartolo.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

Reply : “No Barto, the trough of Arroz con pollo and Cochinillo Asado make you look fat in pinstripes”.

I get dizzy trying to star at the vertical pin stripes on my shower curtain. One can only imagine about staring at Colon’s broad back in uniform.

4 years 7 months ago

Bartolo is Spanish for unreasonable or thick-headed.

Bartolo Colon=Thick colon

MikhelB
4 years 7 months ago

Actually, in spanish lingo, Bartolo is also somebody who’s crazy and/or dumb, but in reality its derived from Bartolomé, which means, in hebrew: bar (son) and tolmay (or Tolomé in spanish), or, the son of Tolomé, in english its the same as Bartthemy.

His last name is Colón using a tilde or ortographic accent over a vowel, in this case the O, not Colon which has a non-written accent in the first O.

Colón means somebody who colonizes, who makes a colony, which comes from the name of Cristobal Colón (or Christopher Columbus for the anglo speaking people).

PS
Colón is also the currency of both Costa Rica and El Salvador.

Green_Monster
4 years 7 months ago

He eats innings……………….. But only deep fried and covered in barbarque sauce, with a side of fries

East Coast Bias
4 years 7 months ago

Quite possibly the best post in this thread!

rbeezy
4 years 7 months ago

weeaaak!

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

Haha…but he DOES wash it down with a 2 liter of diet Pepsi though. In his defense that makes it all better right?

woadude
4 years 7 months ago

and a diet Coke

ZeroZeroZero
4 years 7 months ago

Desperate times call for desperate measures, gentlemen.

thebigdog
4 years 7 months ago

And disparate measurements.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

You literally should enter the next “Last Comic Standing” contest. Bravo!

4 years 7 months ago

If he’s in the Bronx this year, it’ll be a sad day for Yanks fans

0bsessions
4 years 7 months ago

Considering the series of events that would have to occur to bring said day about, it’d be more of a sad month.

BoSoxSam
4 years 7 months ago

At least he should make A-Rod look like he’s in his prime again!

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

Clearly ownership overstepped Cashman yet again.

johnsilver
4 years 7 months ago

That could be the funniest post of the year ladies and gentleman.. Unless they yankees give Arod yet another 10 year contract extension beyond the 7-8 year behemoth he will never fulfill..

Victor Kipp
4 years 7 months ago

So I guess Cliff Lee signed elsewhere? HAHAHAHAHA Low risk low reward…

qbass187
4 years 7 months ago

Oh, he must be the back up plan in case Mark Prior doest work out!

YIKES!!!!!!!!!!

moustacheman
4 years 7 months ago

Mark Prior was signed as a reliever. Glad you know your baseball.

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

Jets could have used the yankees starting rotation as their offensive line

4 years 7 months ago

LOL. Awesome.

TheHitman23
4 years 7 months ago

Here’s a challenge: Who would you rather have on your team Bartolo Colon, Mark Prior, or Chan Ho Park?

Lunchbox45
4 years 7 months ago

depends on what Chan Ho Park had to eat before the game…

TheHitman23
4 years 7 months ago

The same slop Sabathia eats before every game…

LifeLongYankeeFan
4 years 7 months ago

Yeah well that slop works a whole lot better for CC then it did for Park.

TheHitman23
4 years 7 months ago

Got that right. Park’s not eating enough I guess.

BTW I am a Yankee fan. I just like exaggerating signings like this!

Green_Monster
4 years 7 months ago

Well… Colon could pitch affectivly if he stops eating the ball before every pitch

TheHitman23
4 years 7 months ago

He has a thing or two to learn from CC. Yet, CC is fatter and fatter every season. *Sigh*

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

Except he isn’t and has lost 15 lbs this off season. Say what you want about CC but his weight has never effected his performance.

TheHitman23
4 years 7 months ago

Of course it hasn’t! It was only a joke to tie into the Bartolo Colon conversation. But really, there has to be room for some jokes when the guy is one of the largest pitchers in baseball.

rbeezy
4 years 7 months ago

man… you can do better then that.

YanksFanSince78
4 years 7 months ago

He’s the only pitcher that umpires never have to worry about throwing balls back to them, huh?

Ben_Cherington
4 years 7 months ago

Maybe a combination??….

Mark Park?
Chan Ho Colon?

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 7 months ago

Park!

MikhelB
4 years 7 months ago

Here’s a challenge: which verb needs your question after using ‘rather’?

“Would you rather”
have as a pitcher?
fire?
cook?
trade?

TheHitman23
4 years 7 months ago

Didn’t know I was dealing with the grammar police on this site. It was just a fun question.