Mets To Sign Bartolo Colon

SATURDAY, 4:42pm: The Mets have confirmed the deal via press release.

WEDNEDSAY, 4:31pm: The Mets and Bartolo Colon are in agreement on a two-year, $20MM pact, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter).

Colon-BartoloColon's agent, Adam Katz of the Wasserman Media Group, was reportedly targeting a two-year deal rather than a one-year pact and he apparently succeeded.  The hurler had interest from several clubs, including the Twins, Rangers, and Orioles, despite his age and previous ties to PEDs.  The Indians also had some level of interest in a reunion, according to Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer (on Twitter), but were unwilling to go to two years.

Colon, 40, pitched to a 2.65 ERA with 5.5 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 in 30 starts last season for the A's. Colon's velocity and strikeouts have dropped as he's aged, but he's also taken his command to new levels and now is one of the most precise pitchers in all of baseball. Over the past two seasons — a span in which he's thrown 342 2/3 innings — Cliff Lee is the only starter in all of baseball with a lower BB/9 rate than Colon.

There had been interest between Colon and Oakland in a reunion, but chances of that reunion likely dissolved when the A's added Scott Kazmir on a similar two-year deal worth $22MM. Colon's contract comes in just a shade under the two-year, $23MM inked by Tim Hudson to pitch for the Giants, showing that teams aren't deterred by aging arms in this market, as long as they remain productive.

Colon will join Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee and Jonathon Niese in the Mets' rotation and replace some of the production lost when Matt Harvey suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament and underwent Tommy John surgery. The Mets' 2015 rotation will likely consist of Harvey, Colon, Wheeler, Niese and Gee with other arms like Rafael Montero and Jenrry Mejia potentially in the mix as well.

For his career, the veteran owns a 3.94 ERA with 6.8 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 16 seasons for the Indians, Expos, White Sox, Angels, Red Sox, White Sox, Yankees, and A's.

Steve Adams contributed to this post. Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.


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263 Comments on "Mets To Sign Bartolo Colon"


Joe Orsatti
1 year 8 months ago

Well, hello 4th place Phillies. Might as well trade everybody you can to get the best prospect field possible

Kevin Carter
1 year 8 months ago

I think you may be underestimating the Marlins next year. As it stands at this point in the offseason, the Phillies have the worst team on paper in the NL East.

Zach Ripple
1 year 8 months ago

Completely agree. Phillies are horrible. Their lineup is Utley, Rollins, Howard, Ruiz, Brown, Byrd and Revere, and their only good pitchers are Lee and Hamels. They’re old and lacking talent- not a good combination.

Tommy Sohn
1 year 8 months ago

If you think your team is horrible. The Pirates will Gladly take Rollins, Howard, Byrd or Brown

Zach Ripple
1 year 8 months ago

But you have an elite pitching staff, top to bottom- that’s the difference. The Phillies have one of the worst. And trust me, you don’t want Rollins or Howard. Both are terrible defenders, no longer have much power, especially Rollins (.348 SLG in 2013) and are owed a ton of money.

calamityfrancis
1 year 8 months ago

as a mets fan, i can confirm from years past that having an old team barren of talent is typically not a good thing.

Matt Mccarron
1 year 8 months ago

Worst team? Marlins got 2 good hitters and 1 good pitcher. Phillies got much better rotation. Much better bullpen, sadly, much better Lineup.

Zach Ripple
1 year 8 months ago

No, actually the Marlins have the far better pitching staff. Miami was 11th in team ERA in MLB last season- Phillies were 27th. Not even close.

Chris Hernandez
1 year 8 months ago

It’s funny to see that the Marlins have 2 “good” hitters and 1 “good” pitcher. It gets a lot more funnier knowing that is all it takes to be better than the current Philly team. (Shrug)

coolstorybro222
1 year 8 months ago

You mean the oldest shortstop and second baseman, the oldest first baseman and They had the oldest third baseman too last year? Plus your bullpen is nothing compared to the backloaded bullpen the braves have.

Noah Baron
1 year 8 months ago

I’d say hello last to be honest. And that was before the Mets did anything. Wright, Niese, Lagares, d’Arnaud, Murphy, and Wheeler already far exceed the total talent level on the Phillies.

This year could be a rude awakening for a Phillies team that frankly was lucky not to lose 100 games last year.

James Olivarez
1 year 8 months ago

Mets promised big things, too bad they are stuck in the year 2005.

Ruben_Tomorrow
1 year 8 months ago

Bartolo Colon certainly is big. I would make the argument that he may even be bigger than Fielder.

Austin
1 year 8 months ago

I thought he was bigger than CC, Fielder, and Miggy combined?

HarveyDaGod
1 year 8 months ago

colon is a stud. be quiet

Pei Kang
1 year 8 months ago

Colon isn’t bad, but for two years….

The_Unnatural
1 year 8 months ago

That’s a bargain. I wish the M’s signed him to that.

Pei Kang
1 year 8 months ago

I’m not saying that it’s expensive, the length? he’s old….

The_Unnatural
1 year 8 months ago

Two years is nothing. He’s about as good now as when he was in his 20s. He hasn’t shown any signs he going to be ineffective.

Pei Kang
1 year 8 months ago

True, but that’s because he hasn’t been a Met until now ;).

coolstorybro222
1 year 8 months ago

PED’s sure help you feel young.

mikefichera
1 year 8 months ago

So if he fails a PED test Mets don’t have to pay.

Slappy McGee
1 year 8 months ago

I expect NL clubs to bunt Colon to death.

Zach Ripple
1 year 8 months ago

If by 2005 you mean 2013, then yes, they are stuck there. Colon was second in the AL last year. What don’t you and everyone else understand about this?

YankeeFan™
1 year 8 months ago

If the Mets could give Bartolo 2 years they could had given 3 for bronson.

Ruben_Tomorrow
1 year 8 months ago

I agree, Arroyo is much more appealing than Colon even if it means an extra year. Perhaps the Mets couldn’t afford another year?

Matt Galvin
1 year 8 months ago

Drew wants 4 years but Mets wouldn’t give it to him. Could have signed Garza.

Zach Ripple
1 year 8 months ago

Less money and length commitment, which is what they want with their young guns on the rise and Harvey coming back. But Mets will certainly have some depth in 2015 with Harvey, Wheeler, Niese, Gee, Syndergaard, Montero, Mejia, Hefner and now Colon. It also gives them more flexibility next offseason to trade an arm and avoid creating a void.

Noah Baron
1 year 8 months ago

I wouldn’t consider Hefner and Gee 2015 options at this point. They’re just much less talented than the others.

Zach Ripple
1 year 8 months ago

But they’re options. Consider this- is Dillon Gee better, or at least as good, than Kyle Kendrick, who is currently the third-best starter on the Phillies? He won’t even be one of the top 5 arms on the team next year, yet he’s probably better. That’s called depth. That allows you to trade a couple of pieces and finally get that big bat the the Mets have been looking at for a while now. And don’t forget the Mets have Wilmer Flores and Cesar Puello, who are both considered nice offensive pieces that could be starting for this team before the year is out.

1 year 8 months ago

But Colon is better. (9.1 fWAR v. 1.7 fWAR from 2011 through 2013.)

Metsfan93
1 year 8 months ago

2/20 for a guy who just turned in a 190 IP, 3.2 FIP, 2.65 ERA, 3.9 FIP-WAR, 5.7 RA9-WAR season or more years at that AAV or higher for the guy coming off the 200 IP, 4.5 FIP, 3.8 ERA, 0.8 FIP-WAR, 2.7 RA9-WAR season? I’ll take Colon, and am super happy with this contract.

YankeeFan™
1 year 8 months ago

Dont get me wrong colon great its his age that would scare me at 2 years n 20 million i hope it works out. Me personally would had sign Arroyo Whos younger.

Metsfan93
1 year 8 months ago

Arroyo is still 37, and, most importantly, he’s significantly worse than Colon. Even if Colon regresses significantly, there’s still a good chance he’s as good/better than Arroyo.

BCleveland3381
1 year 8 months ago

Mets dont need 3 years of a pitcher. Niese, Gee, Wheeler, Mejia, Harvey, Syndergaard, Montero, DeGrom should all be MLB ready by 2015 if they aren’t here already. No need to sign anyone longer than 2 years. Not to mention Colon is better.

Robb Birdman
1 year 8 months ago

fulmer and matz

BCleveland3381
1 year 8 months ago

Mets dont need 3 years of a pitcher. Niese, Gee, Wheeler, Mejia, Harvey, Syndergaard, Montero, DeGrom should all be MLB ready by 2015 if they aren’t here already. No need to sign anyone longer than 2 years. Not to mention Colon is better.

Zach Ripple
1 year 8 months ago

Colon is a superior pitcher to Arroyo in every way. Arroyo also benefited largely from a very low .267 BABIP (career .281), and he had a 4.49 FIP. The guy’s xFIP, which normalizes home run rates, still pegged him at 3.97, and he’s already an NL pitcher. I’ll take Colon over Arroyo. Everyone is an injury risk, but Colon has shown to be nothing but durable the past three years.

Matt Grant
1 year 8 months ago

Good Luck Boogie!!

Tommets
1 year 8 months ago

If he put up numbers like last year I’d be very happy with this rotation even without Harvey. Of course I’d rather have Harvey in the rotation, but I can live with this, if the price is right. He can also bring back a good return in a trade.

Tom
1 year 8 months ago

Ah, Mets… We love it when you make silly moves like this! (Okay, I’m just bitter, I wanted the Orioles to get him.)

tierlifer
1 year 8 months ago

Nice Bridge to Harvey

YouCannnnnPutItOnTheBoard
1 year 8 months ago

Another reason to hate the Mets. A PED user.

JJ
1 year 8 months ago

soo u hate the cardinals too for signing peralta to a 4year/52MM.?

FlaveFlava
1 year 8 months ago

by that logic, you could probably hate every team in baseball.

MetsMagic
1 year 8 months ago

Along with every other professional sports team, college program, and country that participates in the Olympics.

YouCannnnnPutItOnTheBoard
1 year 8 months ago

Basically…

Conquerbeard
1 year 8 months ago

You must hate every team in the league, then.

Flowseidon
1 year 8 months ago

Why would you hate an entire organization because of one player who used PEDs with another team?

Mike LaRose
1 year 8 months ago

You know Marlon Byrd played for them last year

Matt Mccarron
1 year 8 months ago

Phillies got 4 positive tested PED users. Padres got 2. Yankees got 2. Mets have 2, depending on what happens to Valdespin.

gbakedgbaked
1 year 8 months ago

‘Spin was already released.

Tyler Young
1 year 8 months ago

Mets non tendered valdespin.

Metsfan93
1 year 8 months ago

doesn’t mean he doesn’t come back on a MiLB deal at some point, they non-tendered Hefner despite him being pre-arb but brought back Hefner.

Zach Ripple
1 year 8 months ago

Valdespin is not coming back to the Mets. He might not even come back to anyone in the bigs. Better start looking at independent leagues!

Zach Ripple
1 year 8 months ago

Valdespin is not coming back to the Mets. He might not even come back to anyone in the bigs. Better start looking at independent leagues!

Tyler Young
1 year 8 months ago

trust me, they’re not bringing back Jordanny.

RobbyH619
1 year 8 months ago

Wow if that’s a reason to hate the Mets I’d hate to see the “serious” reasons you have to hate them. Probably just as ludicrous and senile as this one.

YouCannnnnPutItOnTheBoard
1 year 8 months ago

I hate the Mets because I hate New York. I’m from Philly and hating NY is in my DNA.

Danny Phillips
1 year 8 months ago

I actually like this move for the Mets. That extra year might be a bit iffy, but Bartolo is proving to be ageless.

Josh Blackfeild
1 year 8 months ago

…if he’s still on his testosterone

FS54
1 year 8 months ago

Colon was pretty good last year (he seems to be playing Benjamin Button last few years), I don’t see why any Mets fans would complain.

Monix
1 year 8 months ago

This has already been amended from Murti to be maybe sign. Seems suspicious.

Flowseidon
1 year 8 months ago

I like this move because now we get to see Bartolo attempt to run down the 1B line

Theodore John Repp IV
1 year 8 months ago

Solid signing. He was great last year. Mets are moving in the right direction.

Jeremy Russell
1 year 8 months ago

No, you are talking about a 41 year old, 265 lb, pitcher who had a career year. Not a solid signing at all.

MetsEventually
1 year 8 months ago

He was strong in 2012 also. Add 2011 with the Yankees too. 4 ERA for a pitcher like him in the East? Not bad.

Nathan Franklin
1 year 8 months ago

Not showing signs of decline. Been huge forever, never mattered. Also his career year was not based upon extreme luck.

Metsfan93
1 year 8 months ago

3.9 fWAR was a career year? A /very/ quick look at his player page showed 2013 was tied for the *seventh* best fWAR of his career. Prefer RA9-WAR? It’s a lot closer, but his 5.7 still pales in comparison to his 6.8-high.

JoshSyvertsen
1 year 8 months ago

You do realize he won a CY Young in 2005…I’d say by all accounts that’s his career year

Slappy McGee
1 year 8 months ago

I’d guess closer to 300 lbs and any team with any sense bunts on him about 5 times a game

MB923
1 year 8 months ago

He can probably beat Cano down the line

Karkat
1 year 8 months ago

Having seen the swings he took in Philly during his brief stint with the Red Sox, I’m more excited to see him pick up a bat again.

Michael
1 year 8 months ago

3 for Bronson > 2 for Colon.

HarveyDaGod
1 year 8 months ago

colon has more upside

metsfanman
1 year 8 months ago

Maybe, but think he also has a lot more downside, with being really old and linked to PEDs. Arroyo never gets injured (has never been on the DL) and pitches 200 innings every year, usually at least a little above average.

HarveyDaGod
1 year 8 months ago

fair enough. but Colon has been very durable the past three years. Either one would have been a good addition but we really need someone at the top of the rotation. Colon has a chance to do that and for 2/20 ill take that gamble.

Metsfan93
1 year 8 months ago

Arroyo also really just isn’t as good as Colon, and isn’t a spring chicken either. Signing a 37-year old who is worse than Colon to a three-year deal because he hasn’t gotten injured and the cap of his track record is a tad above average is a bad idea to me.

HarveyDaGod
1 year 8 months ago

Correct, Colon is unquestionably better

Michael
1 year 8 months ago

Imagine having to watch him book it down the first base line though. He should have stayed in the AL. Mariners, Indians, Angels are all teams that could have used him.

JacobyWanKenobi
1 year 8 months ago

@YankeesWFAN: Correction: Mets and Colon still talking. But are discussing 2 year deal. NOT FINAL YET. Correcting previous tweet.

Matthew Rapillo
1 year 8 months ago

he didn’t sign

Hanley
1 year 8 months ago

Sucks Harvey is out. Now trade for hanley Ramirez!! To protect david

jeremy
1 year 8 months ago

wont happen when he will most likely sign long term with the dodgers

AlphaICaesar
1 year 8 months ago

Happy Holidays from the Wilpons. Coupons for cheap Colon.

ImDaBaron
ImDaBaron
1 year 8 months ago

Uhh…..the guy who reported this corrected his tweet. No deal is done right now.

ImDaBaron
ImDaBaron
1 year 8 months ago

Now it is

Guest
1 year 8 months ago

Brian Cashman: “You only gave him two years??”

HarveyDaGod
1 year 8 months ago

atta boy sandy