Mets Meet with Bartolo Colon’s Agent

UPDATE, 4:56 PM:

Marc Carig tweets that a Mets/Colon union is unlikely:

ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

According to Sweeny Murti of WFAN, the Mets had a meeting today with the agent for free agent pitcher Bartolo Colon.

Oct 4, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) pitches the ball against the Detroit Tigers during the sixth inning in game one of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Colon, who turns 41 in May, is likely seeking a one year deal.

Shortly after Murti’s tweet, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News had this to say:

Colon was spectacular last year for Oakland.  In 190 innings pitched, Colon posted a 2.65 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.  He allowed 193 hits, walked 29, and struck out 117.

Thoughts:

Colon has been pretty sturdy and effective since 2011, but there’s always a bit of concern with older pitchers, and Colon will turn 41 in May.

However, Colon would be a worthy gamble on a one year deal.

The issue for the Mets, is that Colon will likely cost a significant amount of money.  If the Mets dedicate $10 million or so to Colon, they’ll be dropping a large chunk of their remaining dollars.

 

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  • Andrew Lloyd

    Well, what else are they going to spend it on?? I thought the problem was with longterm contracts.

    Signing Colon seems like the perfect, obvious move for 2014, given Harvey’s injury. He steps in as a one-year ace, a bridge to the supposed promised land of Harvey/Syndegaard/Wheeler in ’15.

    Meanwhile, he gives you immediate credibility as a contender, based on the rotation alone. I mean, really, if the Mets have $13M left, and aren’t players for Stephen Drew – then what other, better purpose do they have for $10M??

    They’re infuriating!

  • Eric Medrano

    I would be leery to drop 10-12 mil for Colon….

    • Andrew Lloyd

      What for? It’s a one-year deal. Your downside is extremely limited, while if he pitches even close to as well as last year, you have a playoff-worthy rotation.

      And if the team tanks but he pitches decently, they can trade him midseason and dump half the salary. This is the perfect kind of deal they should be looking for.

    • Eric Medrano

      His age is a concern…I find it would be difficult to replicate the kind of year he had last year. Besides, I think there are better options to allocate that money for other than Colon.

    • Andrew Lloyd

      Such as?? Anyway, they just signed him – so clearly the front office are in agreement. Personally, I’m pumped. I don’t think there is another pitcher out there who could be had for a $20M maximum exposure, who also went out there and had a huge year like this last year.

      He’s moving to the NL, and to huge Citi Field. He knows how to pitch – I like it better than the Granderson signing by far (and I’m warming up to that quite a bit).

  • Ken Meoni

    Save the $$ for player(s) they pick up via trade. If they are better players then we are trading, we will need the extra cash to pay him/them.

  • http://www.vitamincm.com VitaminCM

    Great – if they give Colon $10M, then they’re done. That means no more bats. So, get ready for a bunch of 3 to 1 losses next year.
    Sandy, BATS, BATS, BATS. Get it dummy.

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