Athletics Agree To Sign Bartolo Colon

The Athletics and Bartolo Colon have agreed to a one-year contract, the team announced. MLB.com's Joey Nowak reports that the deal is worth nearly $2MM and could include a signing bonus. The Diamondbacks had shown interest in Colon recently, and the Yankees indicated a willingness to re-sign him earlier this winter.

A client of Adam Katz at Wasserman Media Group, Bartolo resurrected his career with New York in 2011, pitching to a 4.00 ERA with 7.4 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 in 164 1/3 innings after signing a minor league contract. The 38-year-old Colon did not pitch in MLB in 2010, and has been treated with stem cells from his bone marrow and fat to repair tears in his elbow and rotator cuff. He was regularly hitting 94-96 with his fastball last year before fading down the stretch.

Having traded both Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill this offseason, the Athletics are looking at Colon as a stopgap for a rotation that will also include Brandon McCarthy, and possibly a healthy Dallas Braden. Brett Anderson will be out until midseason due to Tommy John surgery, though the recently acquired Jarrod Parker, Tom Milone, and Brad Peacock will all make their case for a starting spot in Spring Training.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale first reported that Colon had agreed to a deal with an unknown team, then later added details along with CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman (all Twitter links). ESPN's Jayson Stark first reported the Athletics' involvement.


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178 Comments on "Athletics Agree To Sign Bartolo Colon"


Snoochies8
3 years 7 months ago

With the recent negotiations, i’m guessing a’s

PWNdroia
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah, I’d have to agree,

James Attwood
3 years 7 months ago

I’d be pretty surprised if the contract is over $3MM, maybe 3.5 tops if it takes that last .5 to convince him to accept over a rival.

TVGugs
3 years 7 months ago

So we can add Bartolo to the already impressive Mystery Team starting rotation?

Ian_Smell
3 years 7 months ago

The twist? It’s not an MLB team. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

FowlofCanada
3 years 7 months ago

He’s joining the team in the corn field.  Good luck Moonlight!

Cara Steen
3 years 7 months ago

Exactly!  It’s the A’s.

Kurisu Rg
3 years 7 months ago

lololol. You win so many internets.

Kurisu Rg
3 years 7 months ago

lololol. You win so many internets.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 7 months ago

I’d assume Oakland.

nathanalext
3 years 7 months ago

Uhh.. Yeah.

jb1996
3 years 7 months ago

I’d think either Arizona or Oakland even though i wouldn’t mind him in Pittsburgh

Kevin C
3 years 7 months ago

Plz not the D’backs

mmiller54
3 years 7 months ago

Huh why?

3 years 7 months ago

come on he´s a nice fit for the dbacks at least as a relief pitcher but he can get the job done

mmiller54
3 years 7 months ago

He would be 5th starter. No room in bullpen

mattinglyfan
3 years 7 months ago

And Howard Medgal’s Mystery Team signs its first player…

MNTwins12
3 years 7 months ago

The Twins have often been the mystery team this offseason.

Michael Natelli
3 years 7 months ago

Hope it’s not Oakland. Big waste to put a decent pitcher on that team.

Snoochies8
3 years 7 months ago

why? he could potentially improve his stock even more and then be dealt to a contending team, what’s the waste in that?

letsgogiants
3 years 7 months ago

Plus pitching in the Colosseum will help his numbers dramatically against pitching at Yankee Stadium. Though his win-loss record probably won’t hold well…  

tdot32
3 years 7 months ago

aren’t they moving to a different stadium though?

flickadave
3 years 7 months ago

Not for years. I would be surprised if Colon is even still pitching at all when the A’s move

letsgogiants
3 years 7 months ago

Yeah I’m pretty sure no matter what, this would only be a one year thing.

flickadave
3 years 7 months ago

Not for years. I would be surprised if Colon is even still pitching at all when the A’s move

letsgogiants
3 years 7 months ago

Plus pitching in the Colosseum will help his numbers dramatically against pitching at Yankee Stadium. Though his win-loss record probably won’t hold well…  

3 years 7 months ago

Yankees.. he just wants another ring at this point. Things happen in threes.. Pineda, Kuroda and Colon.

tiger313
3 years 7 months ago

pineda, kuroda, colon, garcia, cc, aj, nova, hughes……

Justin Lindsay
Justin Lindsay
3 years 7 months ago

If he want’s another ring he should sign with Boston.

mmiller54
3 years 7 months ago

Arizona

3 years 7 months ago

Why would he do that? Best case scenario AZ has another fluke season and is slaughtered again in the first round sounds fun.  I don’t think stem cell dough boy wants to play in a furnace of a stadium thats always empty especially on a team that isn’t winning anything in a garbage meth infested place like arizona.

stl_cards16
3 years 7 months ago

Slaughtered in the first round again? They went to extra innings in Game 5! They were one hit away from being in the NLCS.

Just because a team makes the playoffs that you didn’t expect doesn’t make it a fluke. The D-Backs are a team that’s going to be tough for years to come.

melonis_rex
3 years 7 months ago

The DBacks play in the NL West. Not the NL East or AL West or AL East. They can beat the Giants. 

3 years 7 months ago

Why? They won’t even be in the playoffs.

slider32
3 years 7 months ago

Are we talking onion rings!

letsgogiants
3 years 7 months ago

The Yankee already have too many arms at this point as they have Garcia, Hughes, and Burnett all vying for the #5 spot in the rotation. With Colon being signed, what would you do with all three of those arms?

asdf asdf
3 years 7 months ago

hilarious that the last 2 years, yanks saw Hughes and AJ as their #2 at some point.  now they gotta duke it out for a 5th slot. 

letsgogiants
3 years 7 months ago

Hahaha yeah. What I think will happen is, barring any injuries to the starters, that Garcia wins the #5 spot in the rotation, while Hughes gets moved to the bullpen where he has had success from in the past and Burnett either also gets moved to the bullpen or just released. I think, for guys like Burnett and Zito, that this will be their last spring training to prove to their teams that they can still be effective and not just former shells of what they used to be. Given that both the Giants and Yankees now have strong pitching depth,  I wouldn’t be surprised to see either being released.

3 years 7 months ago

Doesn’t it seem like there are obligatory “Colonoscopy” jokes to make? 

Pecos_Drifter
3 years 7 months ago

Nippon Ham Fighters

Shawnthemon
3 years 7 months ago

before all the comments got erased, this was my joke, so I shall like it.

3 years 7 months ago

Haha YES!! ^^

Justin Lindsay
Justin Lindsay
3 years 7 months ago

That mystery team… They struck again.

Disgustedfan
3 years 7 months ago

I guess since the A’s have a bunch of unknown players that makes them the unknown team

Chioakcisco
3 years 7 months ago

As an A’s fan, I approve of this joke 100%. Completely true lol.

3 years 7 months ago

Not sure how dependable this source is.

Scott Swaim @MLBInsideNews 20m Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
Sources: #Diamondbacks sign Bartolo Colon to 1 year deal.

James Attwood
3 years 7 months ago

If it’s true it’s being kept quiet here in the desert. Local coverage hasn’t breathed a word of a Colon signing. It might have happened, but no one seems to be picking up on it yet.

cacavolante
3 years 7 months ago

god, this guy swaim is awful. has he ever been right about anything?

Too Many Idiots
3 years 7 months ago

Guy has a horrible track record regardless of what he says in his bio.  Best thing you can do is unfollow him.

3 years 7 months ago

Not sure how dependable this source is.

Scott Swaim @MLBInsideNews 20m Reply Retweet Favorite · Open
Sources: #Diamondbacks sign Bartolo Colon to 1 year deal.

Matt Talbert
3 years 7 months ago

It is from Team “I love Lard”– The team is as follows:
An unknown team has stepped forward and signed and traded for the following players.
At
Catcher:  Jose Molina
DH:  David Ortiz
3B:  Miguel Cabrera
2b:  Ronnie Belliard
1b:  Prince Fielder
SS:  Troy Tulowitzki
LF:  Adam Dunn
CF:  Carlos Lee
RF:  Lance Berkman
SP:  CC Sabathia, Matt Cain, John Lackey, Carlos Zambrano, Bartolo Colon
RP:  Joba Chamberlain, Todd Coffey, Bobby Jenks, Jonathan Broxton
CP:  Heath Belll

Bench:
C:  Miguel Olivo
1b  Ryan Howard
PH/1b/OF:  Matt Stairs
3b/1b/SS/OF Pablo Sandoval

Pretty solid team eh.  Heh.

Lookouts400
3 years 7 months ago

Sure, pretty solid team, except for no lefties in the pen and three statues in the OF.  We need to find two fat lefties to round out the pen and a fat CF to help the defense.

Joe
3 years 7 months ago

Call Griffey Jr. Out of retirement? He’s put on a few pounds! or Austin Kearns!

101andCounting
3 years 7 months ago

George Sherrill’s a big dude. There’s your lefty.

MNTwins12
3 years 7 months ago

Don’t forget about Matt Capps!

GoGreen_GoSoylentGreen
3 years 7 months ago

The Chico Outlaws?…I hear they’re willing to spend big on a free agent of Colon’s caliber…

corey23
3 years 7 months ago

rip chico heat, jose killed you. nice chico reference though.