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