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.

44 Responses to Athletics Sign Bartolo Colon Leave a Reply

  1. tacko 3 years ago

    Fool me once…

  2. DerekJeterDan 3 years 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 3 years 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

  3. Snoochies8 3 years ago

    “You can never have enough pitching”

    Pure depth

  4. melonis_rex 3 years 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.

  5. Altrougex 3 years ago

    Why sign this juicer again?

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

    • tiduss 3 years ago

      Save that comment for when the Giants sign Melky again.

    • unvme7 3 years ago

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

    • michael hughes 3 years 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?

  6. Guest 3 years ago

    all of my wut

  7. safari_punch 3 years ago

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

    • melonis_rex 3 years ago

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

  8. Jaysfan724 3 years ago

    “…with a good incentives package”

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

  9. sarcasm_robot 3 years ago

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

  10. baybombers 3 years ago

    Reward a juicer 3 mill?

    • sarcasm_robot 3 years ago

      imagine what that means for melky.

      • baybombers 3 years ago

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

        • melonis_rex 3 years ago

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

          the FA market for SP is very thin.

          • mlbscout6 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

          • Goose_Gaskins 3 years ago

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

          • jjs91 3 years ago

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

    • LazerTown 3 years 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.

  11. withpower 3 years ago

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

    • msg333 3 years ago

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

  12. unvme7 3 years 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.

  13. ima_robot_beepbeepbeep 3 years 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 3 years ago

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

  14. 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.

  15. PWNdroia 3 years ago

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

    • msg333 3 years ago

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

  16. coldcases187 3 years 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 3 years ago

      Billy Beane is ALWAYS considering a trade.

  17. Goriax 3 years ago

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

  18. melonis_rex 3 years ago

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

    • Snoochies8 3 years ago

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

  19. lefty177 3 years 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

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