Athletics Sign Bartolo Colon

SUNDAY: The incentives in Colon's contract include provisions should he pitch in relief, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser. Moving Colon to the bullpen would allow the A's to use other relievers as trade bait, opines Slusser.  

SATURDAY 9:37pm: Joe Stiglich of The Bay Area News Group reports (on Twitter) that the deal could be worth more than $5MM if Colon hits all of his incentives.

4:15pm: Colon's deal has a base salary of $3MM with a good incentives package, a source tells Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter).

3:20pm: The A’s announced that they have re-signed right-handed pitcher Bartolo Colón to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal are not yet known for the Wasserman Media Group client.

Colon turned in a 3.43 ERA with 5.4 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 through 24 starts before a positive test for testosterone landed him a 50-game suspension in August. The 39-year-old still must serve five games of that suspension in 2013.

The right-hander made just 47 starts from 2006-2009 and missed the 2010 season but turned in a strong 2011 for the Yankees. For his career, Colon has a 4.05 ERA with 6.9 K/9 and 2.9 BB/9.

Mike Axisa and Edward Creech contributed to this post.


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44 Comments on "Athletics Sign Bartolo Colon"


tacko
2 years 9 months ago

Fool me once…

DerekJeterDan
2 years 9 months ago

Bartolo recently took a line drive to the face that left him prostrate on the mound.
Look it up if you want. I’m shocked after just being hospitalized he’s getting a contract.

Howard
2 years 9 months ago

I’m surprised hes getting one at all…do these teams not realize it’s not worth it to go after players who got 50 game suspensions? lol

2 years 9 months ago

Why isn’t it worth it?

sarcasm_robot
2 years 9 months ago

technically he has proven he’ll do anything to pitch well.

Snoochies8
2 years 9 months ago

“You can never have enough pitching”

Pure depth

melonis_rex
2 years 9 months ago

assuming its an incentive based minor league deal or something of the ilk, i like this.

edit: 3MM? either the SP market is reeeally inflated or i don’t know.

Altrougex
2 years 9 months ago

Why sign this juicer again?

2 years 9 months ago

Because he is still productive and inexpensive? Sounds like a good value signing to me.

tiduss
2 years 9 months ago

Save that comment for when the Giants sign Melky again.

unvme7
2 years 9 months ago

Put yourself in the A’s shoes and ask yourself that question…

michael hughes
2 years 9 months ago

Where are all the people who complain about PED violators getting contracts when players that commit domestic abuse or get arrested for DUIs sign contracts?

Guest
2 years 9 months ago

all of my wut

safari_punch
2 years 9 months ago

Now Bartolo has a repeat chance to let the team down again.

melonis_rex
2 years 9 months ago

by making 20+ starts of above average pitching like he’s done the last 2 years?

Jaysfan724
2 years 9 months ago

“…with a good incentives package”

Is it too cheesy to make a food related joke here?

sarcasm_robot
2 years 9 months ago

that all depends. is it a gouda joke or a bad joke?

Jaysfan724
2 years 9 months ago

I cheddar not say it.

tacko
2 years 9 months ago

Enough. I’m already all feta-p with all these puns.

sarcasm_robot
2 years 9 months ago

wow- THREE MILLION DOLLARS?? do you have any idea how many chalupas that will buy him

baybombers
2 years 9 months ago

Reward a juicer 3 mill?

sarcasm_robot
2 years 9 months ago

imagine what that means for melky.

baybombers
2 years 9 months ago

Yeah its wrong. Anyone convicted of PED’s should get a minor league deal at best

melonis_rex
2 years 9 months ago

he’d be making about four times this much in 2013 without the PEDs.

the FA market for SP is very thin.

mlbscout6
2 years 9 months ago

I agree with your first point, but the SP market is actually pretty deep in Colon caliber guys or better: Correia, Kuroda, Lohse, Haren, Marcum, McCarthy, Saunders, Dempster, Greinke, Stauffer, Anibal, Zambrano, Jackson, Guthrie, Blanton……..ok, well maybe not Blanton, but you get the idea 😉

jjs91
2 years 9 months ago

Why? Many dont think the effects of PEds are great or even existent so it’s worth 3 million.

Goose_Gaskins
2 years 9 months ago

Many don’t? Hmm, we should alert the Commissioner’s office about this!

jjs91
2 years 9 months ago

Yes selig that guy is almost never wrong about anything!!!

LazerTown
2 years 9 months ago

It is lower than he is worth.
Put in 3.43 era through 24 starts at $3M is a bargain for the A’s.

withpower
2 years 9 months ago

They must feel pretty good about his ability to cycle off more effectively this time and avoid the positive test.

msg333
2 years 9 months ago

Worst case for the A’s he gets caught again and gets banned without pay.

unvme7
2 years 9 months ago

Guys, the SP market is pretty thin this year. Yes, he did cheat last year, but still had some quality starts. It sucks that someone that cheats makes that much money, but at least he didnt try to cover it up like…Melky. If the A’s want to give a him a 1 yr low risk deal and hope that he pitched like he did in 2012, so be it.

ima_robot_beepbeepbeep
2 years 9 months ago

I thought the goal was to discourage kids and fringe players from using steroids not encourage it.

Guy was out of baseball, fastball was non-existent, starts popping the pills, calls its an experimental elbow stem cell injection, and extends his career for another 3+ seasons grabbing a few extra million along the way.

PWNdroia
2 years 9 months ago

When you’re a team with not much money, you do what you have to do.

2 years 9 months ago

So what is his gimmick going to be this year? He’s already had stem cell injections and got caught on PEDs. Maybe this year he’ll sew an actual baby to his shoulder to give him the fountain of youth he is looking for.

PWNdroia
2 years 9 months ago

This is a move to win. Obviously. A great one by Billy Beane.

msg333
2 years 9 months ago

He’ll likely flip him to another team in a ridiculously lopsided trade in Oakland’s favor

PWNdroia
2 years 9 months ago

You’re right, it could happen.

coldcases187
2 years 9 months ago

Does the signing of Bartolo and him taking a spot in the 5-man rotation cause anyone else concern? With the amount of young pitching talent on the A’s 40-man roster, I wonder if Billy B. is considering a trade involving one or more of his younger pitchers….

Goose_Gaskins
2 years 9 months ago

Billy Beane is ALWAYS considering a trade.

Goriax
2 years 9 months ago

Bartolo Colon, the most poorly conditioned professional athlete since David Wells.

melonis_rex
2 years 9 months ago

Beane wanting to ship relievers out? Color me not surprised.

Snoochies8
2 years 9 months ago

Hm, so what GM loves relievers and has a SS to spare in case we don’t sign Drew?

lefty177
2 years 9 months ago

“…before a positive test for testosterone landed him a 50-game suspension in August.” Wouldn’t that mean that all 25 men on all 30 rosters should be suspended? Just kidding, it just caught my eye so I had to say something