Mets Sign Bartolo Colon to Two Year Deal

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Mets have signed free agent starting pitcher Bartolo Colon to a two year deal worth $20 million dollars.

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

Sweeny Murtin of WFAN was the first to report the deal, but retracted his statements after finding out it had yet to become official.

Colon, 40, had a tremendous year in 2013 for Oakland.  He’s been very effective since 2011, with ERA’s since then of 4.00, 3.43, and 2.65 respectively.

Thoughts:

The Mets were linked to Colon a few days ago, but this move seemed to blindside everyone today.

All of the focus over the last 48 hours has been on the Ike Davis saga and the club’s interest in Stephen Drew.

Signing Colon didn’t seem like an insane longshot, but the timing of it was pretty crazy.

By signing Colon, the Mets are signaling that they’re not content to sit idly by.  This is a move that screams that the Mets are going for it.

In Colon, the Mets have added someone they hope will be a rotation anchor.  By association, this move may free the Mets up to deal one of their other starting pitchers for a shortstop upgrade.  Or, the club can move Ike Davis for an inexpensive piece with the intent of signing Stephen Drew to play short.

Things just got very interesting.

 

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  • Andrew Lloyd

    been on here begging them to sign Colon for a week now. this gives Mets playoff-caliber rotation. Obviously 1-yr better than 2, but keep in mind Harvey may not be all the way back at beginning of ’15. Makes tons of sense – Mets fan should be psyched!

  • Bill

    ugh . .i hope i’m wrong, but i don’t care much for this signing. there were better options – Arroyo, Jimenez, or even Zito . . they need another lefty in the rotation. Too much money to spend on a 40 year old.

  • Ken Meoni

    They could have had Kazmir for $2M more. Instead we get a roid head in his 40′s. This is a blunder IMHO. How are the Mets going for it? They are not even close. They filled some holes so far and now picked up a pitcher that can’t last forever……….40? Still looking for the big trade. Stephen Drew is not what he used to be. He is damaged goods. That will not put them over the top.

  • SL

    HATE this move. At 40 a guy who has ALREADY tested positive and been suspended goes a run and a half better than his career ERA? Please.

  • http://www.vitamincm.com VitaminCM

    I can’t believe people are complaining. They finally spent some money and made some moves.
    How does this rotation and lineup look today, compared to the last few years?
    Better and Better – with more kids on the way.
    Not a day for complaining.

    • Andrew Lloyd

      Totally agree with you. One of the best pitchers in baseball from past couple of years just joined our team on a reasonable salary, but some Mets fans aren’t happy.

      This is a great move – the Mets are one bat away from being relevant again. That’s better than we’ve been able to say for 3 yrs.

  • Ken Meoni

    Maybe he could help other players get on roids……….a real anchor.

  • Joe.02

    Two years?