A few minutes ago on Twitter, the Mets officially announced the signing of right handed starting pitcher Bartolo Colon to a two year deal worth $20 million dollars.
Colon, 40, will bolster a rotation that’s expected to include Jonathon Niese, Zack Wheeler, and Dillon Gee. Fifth starter candidates will likely include Jenrry Mejia, Rafael Montero, and Jacob deGrom.
Last year for Oakland, Colon had an ERA of 2.65 (second best in the league) and a WHIP of 1.17.
You can say Colon is old (he is) and you can say Colon is overweight (he is). What you can’t say, is that the results haven’t been there for him for the majority of his career, and especially over the last three years.
Relying on impeccable control and a fastball that sits around 90 MPH, Colon has been very good over the last three seasons. He’ll almost certainly regress a bit next year as far as his ERA is concerned, but the Mets don’t need him to put up an ERA of 2.65 next season.
There’s always a chance Colon will break down, but that chance is there with every pitcher – no matter how young or fit.
The Colon signing fills a void that was left by Matt Harvey, and potentially gives the Mets tremendous starting pitching depth.
At the end of 2014 or beginning of 2015 (barring trades), the Mets could have Colon, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee, Jenrry Mejia, Rafael Montero, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, and Jeremy Hefner all healthy and major league ready. That’s insane depth.