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 2 years ago

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

    • Kevin Carter 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

          • Zach Ripple 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

    • Ruben_Tomorrow 2 years ago

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

      • Austin 2 years ago

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

    • HarveyDaGod 2 years ago

      colon is a stud. be quiet

    • Pei Kang 2 years ago

      Colon isn’t bad, but for two years….

      • The_Unnatural 2 years ago

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

        • Pei Kang 2 years ago

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

          • The_Unnatural 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

          • coolstorybro222 2 years ago

            PED’s sure help you feel young.

          • mikefichera 2 years ago

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

      • Slappy McGee 2 years ago

        I expect NL clubs to bunt Colon to death.

    • Zach Ripple 2 years 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™ 2 years ago

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

    • Ruben_Tomorrow 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

    • Zach Ripple 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

        • Zach Ripple 2 years 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.

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

    • Metsfan93 2 years 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™ 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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.

    • BCleveland3381 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

    Good Luck Boogie!!

  • Tommets 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

    Nice Bridge to Harvey

  • YouCannnnnPutItOnTheBoard 2 years ago

    Another reason to hate the Mets. A PED user.

    • JJ 2 years ago

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

    • FlaveFlava 2 years ago

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

      • MetsMagic 2 years ago

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

      • YouCannnnnPutItOnTheBoard 2 years ago

        Basically…

    • Conquerbeard 2 years ago

      You must hate every team in the league, then.

    • Flowseidon 2 years ago

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

    • Mike LaRose 2 years ago

      You know Marlon Byrd played for them last year

      • Matt Mccarron 2 years ago

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

        • gbakedgbaked 2 years ago

          ‘Spin was already released.

        • Tyler Young 2 years ago

          Mets non tendered valdespin.

          • Metsfan93 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

            trust me, they’re not bringing back Jordanny.

    • RobbyH619 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

  • Danny Phillips 2 years ago

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

  • FS54 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

  • Flowseidon 2 years ago

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

    • Theodore John Repp IV 2 years ago

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

      • Jeremy Russell 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

        • Metsfan93 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

        • Slappy McGee 2 years ago

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

    • MB923 2 years ago

      He can probably beat Cano down the line

    • Karkat 2 years 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.

  • mas419 2 years ago

    3 for Bronson > 2 for Colon.

    • HarveyDaGod 2 years ago

      colon has more upside

      • metsfanman 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago

            Correct, Colon is unquestionably better

      • mas419 2 years 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 2 years ago

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

  • Matthew Rapillo 2 years ago

    he didn’t sign

  • Hanley 2 years ago

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

    • meep 2 years ago

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

  • AlphaICaesar 2 years ago

    Happy Holidays from the Wilpons. Coupons for cheap Colon.

  • ImDaBaron
    ImDaBaron 2 years ago

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

  • Guest 2 years ago

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

  • HarveyDaGod 2 years ago

    atta boy sandy

  • marinest21 2 years ago

    Really wish the O’s got him. The extra year is a stretch given the age, but for Colon that seems to be irrelevant.

  • Tom 2 years ago

    20 mil eh

  • Noah Baron 2 years ago

    Nevermind Murti with the typo… they are talking, nothing final.

  • OUTFOXEM 2 years ago

    I pray this is true. I don’t want the M’s anywhere near this guy.

  • RoadWarriorUSCA 2 years ago

    Good. As long as he’s nowhere near Texas.

  • kenny 2 years ago

    Rumor has it the front of his jersey will display the full “Metropolitans”

  • Snoochies8 2 years ago

    We get to see him hit!!!!

  • AlphaICaesar 2 years ago

    How much salmon was consumed to get this deal done?

  • 416jays 2 years ago

    I want my jays to get colon! : (

  • MaineBaseball 2 years ago

    Brace yourselves…the fat jokes are coming.

    • tierlifer 2 years ago

      And so isn’s an upgrade to the Mets rotation

      • MaineBaseball 2 years ago

        Agreed.

        • tierlifer 2 years ago

          All the haters will be out in full force but I feel it’s better than Arroyo because it’s less $$ and years

  • JacobyWanKenobi 2 years ago

    Good signing. Seems like a pure stopgap for Harvey to get healthy and for the other young pitchers to grow.

  • HHHDMS 2 years ago

    Im going love watching that porker run the bases – I bet he winds up on the DL for doing something on the basepath like bunting or rounding first…

  • slider32 2 years ago

    When are the Mets going rebuild?

    • Metsfan93 2 years ago

      We already rebuilt. Noah, Wheeler, Harvey, Niese, d’Arnaud, Herrera, Black, Parnell, Montero, Flores, Lagares is a heck of a lot of young controllable talent. I didn’t mention Gee either. They’ve got money to spend so they spent it, filling their COF holes and a rotation sport for a sum of about 30 MM total this season (7, 10, 13), 26 next year, and Grandy’s deal for 16 MM in 2016 and 15 in 2017.

  • HarveyDaGod 2 years ago

    as a quick reference
    Colon has amassed 44.7 WAR in 2583 innings while Arroyo has only 23.4 in 2278 innings. Colon also has better strikeout numbers, hr numbers, ERA, FIP via fan graphs. Great signing

    • Sam 2 years ago

      …but arroyo was unquestionably CLEAN!

      • Josh Blackfeild 2 years ago

        I agree but don’t count your chickens before they hatch. Anyone could be jucing.

        • MB923 2 years ago

          Except Arroyo is not clean. Google “Bronson Arroyo PED”. He admitted to the media that when the list of 104+ players come out, that he may be on it.

      • MB923 2 years ago

        Arroyo admitted that he took amphetamines in the past.

      • HarveyDaGod 2 years ago

        nice guys finish last

      • Metsfan93 2 years ago

        And Colon pitched a post-PED 2013 to the tune of 5.7 RA9-WAR and 3.9 FIP-WAR over 190 IP. I like it for 10 MM even with serious regression. He’s still likely to give us 175+ IP with a total contribution nearing 3 wins. If he gives us 5 WAR over 2014-2015, that’s paying 4 MM per open market win, an unreal bargain in today’s market.

      • Robb Birdman 2 years ago

        it was highly rumored he was on HGH two years ago, but never proved. oh and he even said he was unsure if he was on the list. unquestionable is the wrong word.

  • Jaysmooth2121 2 years ago

    Good move for the mets and colon, especially since it’s a pitchers park

  • Harvey Checking In 2 years ago

    Lot of money, but he will eat up a ton of innings

  • meep 2 years ago

    this signing is in hopes colon can keep up his good numbers. only time will tell if he can

  • Benny 2 years ago

    He will be great in spacious Citi Field. Great signing and will make a great bridge to the young pitchers coming up in next year or two.

    • BobMarley22 2 years ago

      Basically fills up Harvey spot for this year and is a solid stop gap for next year for the younger pitchers to further develop.

    • BobMarley22 2 years ago

      Takes the place for Harvey this year and is a stop gap until the younger pitchers further develop.

    • Josh Blackfeild 2 years ago

      They might be literally going over him as a bridge.

  • Phillies_Aces35 2 years ago

    The free agent market is nuts this year.

  • meep 2 years ago

    nothing against the mets, but a guy colon age always got me guessing he could be on something because you hardly see guys his age pitch that well

    • Metsfan93 2 years ago

      It could be true, but nothing appears out of the ordinary. His 2013 GB rate is right in line with his career rate, he struck out batters at a much, much lower rate than his career line, he walked batters at an unreal clip, and he kept the ball in the park. If he can work with Citi Field and keep it in the park there- which I believe he can- he should work out just fine. His average fastball was down below 90 MPH for the second time in his career in 2013- this isn’t the case of a guy succeeding on power pitching into his late 30s and 40s. His velocity has evaporated just as you thought it would, but he’s been successful by staying true to his walk nobody, keep the ball in the park way of pitching.

  • Sam 2 years ago

    There’s a lesson here, performance enhancing drugs not only pays but will extend your career far past what it should have been.

  • attgig 2 years ago

    wow. 2 years, 20 mil for a 40 year old coming off of a PED suspension and more Biogenesis implications… guess the Mets aren’t signing Aardsma

  • Justin Timberpond 2 years ago

    Terrible signing

  • Guest 2 years ago

    20 Million Dollars for Bartolo Colon!? That is TERRIBLE

  • Rob Lucci 2 years ago

    Do you think the Mets will package Davis and Mejia/Murphy together now to get a better return?

  • Eric Medrano 2 years ago

    No….No….No.

  • burrito jones 2 years ago

    I don’t hate this signing but I would actually like it if its 1 year with an attainable 2nd year based off incentives. if the mets can now somehow get Stephen drew and an arm in the pen the mets really have a shot at the wildcard.

    • meep 2 years ago

      they might have a shot , but that alot of ifs with the talent they sign.

      • Metsfan93 2 years ago

        Not that many ifs. If you believe they played true to their talent in 2013, at 74 wins, they probably need about 15-16 improvement for a serious shot. Replace Tejada/Quintanilla with Stephen Drew is 3 right off the bat. Harvey is a loss of 6, but healthy Niese, full season of Wheeler, no Marcum stinking up the place, adding Colon is a net of (-6+3+2+2+3) four wins added. 3 more for Grandy, 2 for CY, -3 for no Byrd, full season Juan is another win, full season d’Arnaud is something positive, no Ike hopefully, all in all that’s a net 10+ d’Arnaud (I’ll optimistically say 2) for 12, + the net you get from not having Ike’s awfulness, or having an improved Ike, for something like +13. That’s them with 87 wins and there is room for more wins here- a return on a Murphy trade, with EYJr shifting over, improvements in the bullpen, someone having a career year, etc. I don’t expect them to contend, but I think this is an above-.500 team if they get Drew, and a few bounces could let them contend. The important thing is they accomplished all of this while not blocking prospects, keeping their options on Murphy/Ike trades open, and signing Young/Colon to short-term contracts rather than chasing the big fish like Arroyo, Ubaldo, etc.

      • Metsfan93 2 years ago

        Not that many ifs. If you believe they played true to their talent in 2013, at 74 wins, they probably need about 15-16 improvement for a serious shot. Replace Tejada/Quintanilla with Stephen Drew is 3 right off the bat. Harvey is a loss of 6, but healthy Niese, full season of Wheeler, no Marcum stinking up the place, adding Colon is a net of (-6+3+2+2+3) four wins added. 3 more for Grandy, 2 for CY, -3 for no Byrd, full season Juan is another win, full season d’Arnaud is something positive, no Ike hopefully, all in all that’s a net 10+ d’Arnaud (I’ll optimistically say 2) for 12, + the net you get from not having Ike’s awfulness, or having an improved Ike, for something like +13. That’s them with 87 wins and there is room for more wins here- a return on a Murphy trade, with EYJr shifting over, improvements in the bullpen, someone having a career year, etc. I don’t expect them to contend, but I think this is an above-.500 team if they get Drew, and a few bounces could let them contend. The important thing is they accomplished all of this while not blocking prospects, keeping their options on Murphy/Ike trades open, and signing Young/Colon to short-term contracts rather than chasing the big fish like Arroyo, Ubaldo, etc.

  • Sam 2 years ago

    I just cannot wait to see the man hit! It’s must see tv right there!

  • JJ 2 years ago

    Why sign 40 year old colon to a 2 year contract when the mets are at least 1 year from being contenders now that matt harvey is out for the season.

    • Rob Lucci 2 years ago

      They need a veteran pitcher to eat up innings (no pun intended) and a stop gap to younger pitchers in the minors.

      • JJ 2 years ago

        Bronson Arroyo and A.J Burnett are better options. Colon never play a full season in the NL. I remember when he got injured running to first base when he played for the yankees. now colon has to bat and run every start.

        • MB923 2 years ago

          “Colon never play a full season in the NL”

          As if that will hurt him (as far as the pitching goes)? Pitching in NL is a lot easier than pitching in the AL. As far as running goes, ehh.

        • Metsfan93 2 years ago

          AJ Burnett is Pirates or retirement by every indication. Not a feasible option for the Mets. Colon is better than Arroyo, and we don’t know Arroyo’s demands. If the Mets felt it was better to go 2/20 for Colon than, say, 3/35 for Arroyo, I’m in line with that.

    • JoshSyvertsen 2 years ago

      Because if Colon pitches well you trade him, his waist line, and rather affordable contract for a good pitcher in July or over the off season….

    • Sam 2 years ago

      Cuz they will have him for a year with Matt Harvey!?!? Seems obvious.

  • FamousGrouse 2 years ago

    I’m drafting him for my fantasy baseball team. I like the Mets defense and think this is going to work out for the Mets.

    • Lefty_Orioles_Fan
      Lefty_Orioles_Fan 2 years ago

      Love the Reaction! You’re drafting him for Fantasy Baseball!
      My reaction is the Mets are spending Money! The Mets are spending Money!
      Then you got Peter Angelos with “Zero” Financial Crisises to his name has Dan Duquette focusing on Rule 5 players.

      Actually, now that I am thinking about it, do the Mets need a reliever?
      Maybe they should sign Balfour! Because it looks like the Orioles once again are all talk and no action! Bah Humbug!

      • FamousGrouse 2 years ago

        I think the Orioles are waiting to make a move until after the Rule 5 draft. But yeah, you know your team is doing nothing when the Astros are making more moves than you.

    • FamousGrouse 2 years ago

      Just heard Jim Bowden agree with me on MLB radio. This means I am dead wrong.

  • Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 2 years ago

    This isn’t so bad when you look at what Arroyo is going to possibly get (years and dollars). There is risk in age, and there is risk in just how much PED’s played a part in his success but..fact is, right now, Colon is a better pitcher than Arroyo.

    20 million over two years doesn’t buy what it used to anymore, the market is changing and cash is flowing. Heck, 30 million over three years buys Scott Feldman these days. There are worse ways to spend money.

    • Josh Blackfeild 2 years ago

      There’s also a risk that all the food in the New York clubhouse will disappear.

  • meep 2 years ago

    doesnt matter if colon better then arroyo or not. you dont sign a guy like colon for more then one year with a option for another. 2 years at 20 mill is just taking a risk that be can repeat his good season. at the age of 40 nothing is for sure

  • AlphaICaesar 2 years ago

    Colon is an old school ball player. And by old school ballplayer, I mean he has the body type of a hitter from the first RBI Baseball game for the NES.

  • Tommets 2 years ago

    I like it. Might be a slight overpay, but they are a New York team. They’re starting to look more and more like it. If Colon keeps up his numbers and even just throws as many innings as he can in 2015 a rotation of Harvey, Wheeler, Thor, Colon, and anyone else is going to be fantastic. It also allows more opportunities to trade guys like Gee and Niese next year. There is also something that Sandy is strategically doing. He signed one large contract for 1 year, one for 2 years, and one for 4 years. This allows one contract to come off the books each year and they can spend each year. I’d like it if they sign Drew for 3 years for the right amount and I think they can really contend next year.

  • Zach Ripple 2 years ago

    I’m disappointed by this blog right now… How does Noah Syndergaard not get mentioned for 2015? He’s a lock.

    • HarveyDaGod 2 years ago

      oversight
      edit: compared to other sites this is top notch analysis. no place does as good a job as MLBTR at analyzing signings from a team AND a market perspective. keep up the good work guys

    • MJensen 2 years ago

      He’s a lock for 2014.

      • Jeremy Russell 2 years ago

        Hes a prospect, and a pitching prospect at that. Dont get ahead of yourselves.

        • HarveyDaGod 2 years ago

          but they mentioned Montero and Mejia. while they both have solid potential, Noah Syndergaard is one of the top prospects in baseball and has considerably more talent

        • HarveyDaGod 2 years ago

          but they mentioned Montero and Mejia. while they both have solid potential, Noah Syndergaard is one of the top prospects in baseball and has considerably more talent

        • MJensen 2 years ago

          Uh, hate to break it to you, but Syndergaard will start at AAA this season and is expected to crack the MLB rotation at some point.

        • MJensen 2 years ago

          By that reasoning, saying any pitcher will start is getting “ahead of yourselves.” Sandy Alderson said outright Syndergaard would be in the 2014 rotation later in the season.

      • Jeremy Russell 2 years ago

        Hes a prospect, and a pitching prospect at that. Dont get ahead of yourselves.

  • MJensen 2 years ago

    Mets just got a better RA Dickey.

  • OaklandFan22 2 years ago

    loved colon when he was with the A’s. I wish him the best of luck in New York.

  • OaklandFan22 2 years ago

    loved colon when he was with the A’s. I wish him the best of luck in New York.

  • jordanjee 2 years ago

    I would pay to see a foot race between him and Benji and Jose Molina.

    • goorru 2 years ago

      A hot dog eating contest would also be entertaining.

  • DerekJeterDan 2 years ago

    87.25 Million on Granderson, Colon, and Young…

    Give me Hart, McLouth, and Kazmir for 37 Million with more $ to spend on an actually good Bullpen and dependable Shortstop any day of the week!

    Aldersons bullpens have always been a complete joke. The Mets need bullpen help.

    This team is not yet ready to compete but can be good if you plug up numerous holes. The only signing here that makes sense at all is Granderson because the fan base was getting upset and you needed to make a big move. Billy Beane knows when to say goodbye to a Pitcher. I do not like this waste of money by the Mets who have other holes to fill.

    Doing this and using Colon as a “bridge” when you have Mejia, DeGrom, Montero, maybe even Santana on a flier is a waste of resources that could be used to help other areas.

  • DerekJeterDan 2 years ago

    87.25 Million on Granderson, Colon, and Young…

    Give me Hart, McLouth, and Kazmir for 37 Million with more $ to spend on an actually good Bullpen and dependable Shortstop any day of the week!

    Aldersons bullpens have always been a complete joke. The Mets need bullpen help.

    This team is not yet ready to compete but can be good if you plug up numerous holes. The only signing here that makes sense at all is Granderson because the fan base was getting upset and you needed to make a big move. Billy Beane knows when to say goodbye to a Pitcher. I do not like this waste of money by the Mets who have other holes to fill.

    Doing this and using Colon as a “bridge” when you have Mejia, DeGrom, Montero, maybe even Santana on a flier is a waste of resources that could be used to help other areas.

  • OaklandFan22 2 years ago

    crap, i forgot about him hitting though. thats going to be must see tv

  • MetsEventually 2 years ago

    I like the move, but why couldn’t they have signed Hudson for 3 extra million?

    • Metsfan93 2 years ago

      maybe Hudson wanted to chase a championship with, you know, the team that won the 2010 and 2012 World Series’…?

      • MetsEventually 2 years ago

        Doesn’t everyone? Haha.

        • Metsfan93 2 years ago

          I’m saying the idea that it’s a black and white matter of, if the Mets matched SF’s offer, Hudson would’ve come here, is not accurate. Besides that, Colon had a better season and isn’t coming off of a major, major injury.

      • JoshSyvertsen 2 years ago

        Hudson had his ankle destroyed last year…who knows how he will pitch. The only thing Colon has destroyed over the last decade is the local Chinese Buffet

        • Metsfan93 2 years ago

          Colon can eat all the Chinese Food in Flushing for all I care, as long as he goes out every fifth day and pitches well.

  • Metsfan93 2 years ago

    Jenrry Mejia and Rafael Montero are mentioned as 2015 rotation possibilities but Noah Syndergaard is skipped…?

  • Metsfan93 2 years ago

    Jenrry Mejia and Rafael Montero are mentioned as 2015 rotation possibilities but Noah Syndergaard is skipped…?

  • john 2 years ago

    good move for the contending mets… lol sorry i couldn’t contain myself, this move makes no sense

  • “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.”

    How can you leave off Syndergaaaaard?

  • heemtj 2 years ago

    This is one of those signing you cant consider good or bad right away. Regardless of age hes averaged 170 innings pitched the last 3 years, pounds the strikezone so in Citi Field that will keep you out of trouble most times, and he comes to the national league and doesnt have to face a DH every game. Could end up being worth every penny when all is said and done.

  • connfyoozed . 2 years ago

    Mets making a late run to try to keep Yankees from having oldest team in New York? Even Bartolo isn’t going to be enough to achieve that.

    • Tyler Young 2 years ago

      the mets still have one of the youngest teams though… not one position player over 30 other than Wright and Grandy, Colon only SP over 30

  • sackseph 2 years ago

    NY teams sure love their over 40 players lol

    • calamityfrancis 2 years ago

      mets are one of the youngest teams in basebll

    • calamityfrancis 2 years ago

      mets are one of the youngest teams in basebll

  • Jasko k 2 years ago

    Told people on here somebody would give more then a 1 yr and here we go..

  • Neznakomtsy 2 years ago

    signing Colon for two years and $20M is insanity…he is 40 years old and the Mets supposedly have so many prospects…only makes sense if they trade Gee mid year when Thor and Montero are ready

    • JoshSyvertsen 2 years ago

      Or hang on to Colon for one year and trade him next off season or this season at the deadline when Thor, Montero or DeGrom are ready…Gee is young, controllable and a known quantity

  • Ace McCloud® 2 years ago

    Good for Colon..loved having him in the green and gold the past two years. Hopefully he has success in New York.

  • Jose Batista 2 years ago

    This ones a head scratcher I would have ratherd them offer Matt Graza a two year 40 million dollar deal and let hes stock rise and trade him for young good pieces or try to keep him and paired him up with Matt Harvey rather than give a 41 year old a 2 year deal.

    • Cam Hodgson-Dwyer 2 years ago

      Getting Garza is going to require money and years, beyond what they gave to Colon. Does his stock rise at all? Does he falter? Probably too much to guarantee long-term for the Mets. Colon’s a placeholder really, and a very good one at that.

  • DJ Ace 2 years ago

    That solidifies 3rd place for the San Diego Mets! But 1st in the Nathans July 4th Hot Dog contest.Actually Colon had a great season last yr 18-6/190 IP/3 SHOs..

  • Mystery Man 2 years ago

    The Angel’s are happy

  • Alex Berzins 2 years ago

    I saw this on a different site, came here for credibility, and still don’t quite believe it…

  • Josh Blackfeild 2 years ago

    Dateline New York: Old, fat, drug user gets paid $10 million dollars to work every 5 days, 6 months out of the year.

  • Dave Guarnieri 2 years ago

    Don’t quite understand. Thought Colon would go to a contender.

  • Joe Valenti 2 years ago

    My issue with going after Colon over Arroyo is that Colon’s floor is so much lower than Arroyo’s. Colon has had some very bad seasons. He easily could be a Roy Halladay situation. I think you know what you are getting with Arroyo

  • Bryce Harper 2 years ago

    Glad to see he isn’t going to my Twins

  • Dave Guarnieri 2 years ago

    Big Bart is one “mistake”away from a 100 game suspension. The Mets are so frugal, why $20 million to a guy so old and vulnerable. Is .500 so important next year?

    • jho 2 years ago

      If he gets suspended, Mets are not on the hook for that salary. It just hurts the team to lose his presence, but not financially.

    • Opti-Mets-tic 2 years ago

      Is it any fun to watch baseball sitting on a horse that high?

  • Tyler Young 2 years ago

    i seriously saw someone on this thread say Wheeler, Colon, Niese, and Gee was bad for 4/5 pitchers….

    wow.

  • Carroll Bolon 2 years ago

    Bartolo has actually improved in three straight seasons now. At this pace, he should go about 22-4 with a 2.50 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.

    • Josh Blackfeild 2 years ago

      Doesn’t that remind anyone of another large old drug user named Roger Clements?

  • DaLukyBum 2 years ago

    great signing considering his year last year…i dont expect that production but a era of 3.50 , 13-14 wins and giving us a solid 6 innings consistantly would be very solid

  • goorru 2 years ago

    He will get hurt running to first base, he won’t make it to the all star break.

    • slashieboy . 2 years ago

      He will sure be an easy out with the bat. His stats should be great in the NL though there many easy outs in the NL.

  • Opti-Mets-tic 2 years ago

    Colon will absorb a very good chunk of innings, and allow the Mets to stretch the young guns out as they desire. This is a solid signing.

  • Henry Sanchez 2 years ago

    how do you fail to mention Noah Syndergaard in the 2015 rotation?

  • $2509879 2 years ago

    Mets could have signed Josh Johnson, Phil Hughes, Ryan Webb and Corey Hart for a little more than the $17.5 mil they spent on Colon and Chris Young, then used Gee or Niese to trade for Trumbo or a SS.

  • GrilledCheese39 2 years ago

    The Mets will compete in 2015 with Harvey, Wheeler, Colon, Niese, and Gee in their rotation. They will continue to add more offensive pieces next offseason, and now. I think they’ll sign another SP on a 1 year deal, and they will sign Stephen Drew.

  • Ferrariman 2 years ago

    bartolo colon: the picture of athleticism.

  • Josh Blackfeild 2 years ago

    Them too.

  • Metsfan93 2 years ago

    Yeah man, Wheeler, Niese, Gee, Bartolo is a horrendous front four. They may still bring in another cheap guy, and there are always Noah and Montero waiting in the wings. Horrendous.

  • HarveyDaGod 2 years ago

    now he faces pitchers. look at it both ways

  • kenny 2 years ago

    You say that like its a bad thing

  • tsarstruck 2 years ago

    Getting nailed for 100 during the second year would be a blessing for the Mets.

  • Josh Blackfeild 2 years ago

    It’s more like comic relief.

  • Arroyo will be 37 and showing greater signs of aging. (Of course, that could be due to a lack of drugs, but performance is performance. And Colon has outperformed Arroyo for 3 years.)

  • abes_seed 2 years ago

    and small children

  • MB923 2 years ago

    I’m aware

  • FamousGrouse 2 years ago

    This guy brings a whole family with him. More than just a bump in the catering bill.

  • Josh Blackfeild 2 years ago

    Not if the Mets are paying $20MM.

  • JJ 2 years ago

    that why this is a horrible deal for the mets

  • You’re right. He’s not showing much aging. He’s just not as good as Colon and never has been and Colon hasn’t been showing any signs of aging at all.

    Arroyo projects at a little less than 1 fWAR for 2014. Colon projects at about 2.5. I’m not sure what metrics you’re looking at to think Arroyo for 3 years is a better idea than Colon for 2.

  • You’re right. He’s not showing much aging. He’s just not as good as Colon and never has been and Colon hasn’t been showing any signs of aging at all.

    Arroyo projects at a little less than 1 fWAR for 2014. Colon projects at about 2.5. I’m not sure what metrics you’re looking at to think Arroyo for 3 years is a better idea than Colon for 2.

  • LazerTown 2 years ago

    A peak ace at 40 is different than a peak #4 at 37.

  • Metsfan93 2 years ago

    I’d say projecting a 41-year old to slip from 3.9/5.7 WAR to 2.5 is projecting age-related regression..

  • My comment was in response to the comment about getting Arroyo for 3 years. I was hoping the Mets wouldn’t spend on a SP until I saw this deal. I think it’s a bargain in this market, and I would be surprised if Alderson doesn’t move Colon for something useful as some point. He’s a stopgap, and probably the best one available.

  • Metsfan93 2 years ago

    Considering that signing a better/younger free agent would have a) cost significantly more and b) blocked pitchers in 2016 and beyond, I’m on board with a guy who just turned in a 4-win season for 20 MM total over two years. I actually am pretty sure Steamers and ZiPS account for age effectively. Colon isn’t the first pitcher to pitch at ages 41 and 42, nor is he the first of his profile. In fact, it’s exactly his kind of pitcher (low-ish velocity, minimal walks, low homers) that actually succeeds into their upper years.

  • 20/2 isn’t that much of a risk in this market. And all they really need is a stopgap. There’s loads of internal talent ready to take his place by 2015. I’ll be surprised if he’s on the 2015 roster.

  • HarveyDaGod 2 years ago

    career numbers are not an indication of anything?

  • Josh Blackfeild 2 years ago

    You mean a druggie?

  • HarveyDaGod 2 years ago

    what would suggest that arroyo will have a better future? nothing. you are just arguing to argue

  • Joe Valenti 2 years ago

    This is my concern. Colon may have had inflated numbers because of PEDs. This is likely his last contract. That could take away the incentive for him to use PEDs (not that I’m condoning the use), thus making him an inferior pitcher to his 2013 form

  • BadBJay 2 years ago

    I’m not condoning PED use… but PEDs only get you so far with regards to injuries and such. Unless PEDs had something to do with that whacky two seam fastball he has. Colon was a good pitcher and still is. With that said, at the contract he signed for, he will run out of gas by August. He will definitely have a curtailed innings limit to pitch effectively.

    Furthermore, they gave a 2 year deal for a guy who is probably done next year… with little chance of competing in the standings.

  • BadBJay 2 years ago

    well, 10 million a year in a team with a payroll of about 60 to 75 million… that’s a chunk for an over 40y.o. pitcher.

  • Joe Valenti 2 years ago

    I just see a lot of different scenarios that can make him fall off and become Joe Blanton: age, PEDs, being a Met. It just seems like a very high risk signing. Arroyo seemed a lot safer to me

  • jho 2 years ago

    How are you so sure he’s done?

  • BadBJay 2 years ago

    If the Mets think they can trade Colon at say… the trade deadline, he better have less mileage on him in 2014. Teams will not pay up for him if they know he’s running out of gas and pitched too much. So the sooner they trade him for some value, probably the better.

  • BadBJay 2 years ago

    I agree. But the idea that Arroyo will be your highest paid pitcher comes off a little “sandpapery” for me. Colon signing is pretty much no news to me. And it’s even harder to trade him with a 2 year deal!!! The Mets are confused and desperate.

  • jho 2 years ago

    The biggest risk is that he flops in 2014. Then he just becomes a sunk cost for 2015. BUT if he does moderately well – we just need him to reach a bit less than 2 WAR to earn his contract this upcoming year, which I completely believe Colon can do, that’s a win for us. And if he approaches anywhere near 3 WAR and better which he can potentially do pitching in the NL, this is much better than anything anyone else can give us in terms of $/year and corresponding results.

  • jho 2 years ago

    Mets won’t be looking to trade him when they’re gunning for the wild card.

  • Zach Ripple 2 years ago

    Great post. A single WAR is worth about $5-6 million on the free agent market. fWAR of 3.9 and bWAR of 5.0 last season. If he even approaches those marks, he will be a steal. And ultimately, those stats will underrate him because of his very low strikeout rates, as they tend to lean on the side that guys with low strikeouts who post low ERAs are simply lucky, which I don’t believe to be true.

  • BadBJay 2 years ago

    I do understand what you’re saying, but all this talk of WAR for a team like the Mets is a waste of time (for 2014). If they don’t compete (as in Wild Card as you mentioned previously), then all talk of WAR is out the window and signing Colon was a waste of time and money. The Metsies need to compete in the standings. They are paying him 20 mil for two years, at age 41, who will be on a limited pitch count or else he won’t have any gas left in September.

  • jho 2 years ago

    How many of those 41 & 42 year old pitchers had a 3 WAR+ season in their age 40 year in the AL?

  • jho 2 years ago

    It also means there is no precedent so you can’t just assume he falls under a certain category.

  • gbakedgbaked 2 years ago

    “Being a Met”

    Yeah. Being a met was awful for Byrd last year.

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