The Mets bid adieu to Big Sexy
Bartolo Colon, who spent the last three seasons with the Mets, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Braves worth $12.5 million.
With Colon on board, the Braves had now added two former Mets pitchers — they signed R.A. Dickey on Thursday.
Colon, 43, had a 3.43 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 191.2 innings (33 starts, one relief appearance) for the Mets this past season.
Between 2014 and 2016, Colon posted a 3.90 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 588.2 innings (92 starts) for the Mets.
New York expects to have Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz back healthy for 2017, with those three joining Noah Syndergaard and one of Zack Wheeler, Robert Gsellman, or Seth Lugo in the starting rotation.
It would have been great to have Colon back, but he would’ve been a bullpen piece unless the Mets suffered multiple injuries to their starting pitchers. And while that’s possible, you can’t hand a $12.5 million dollar deal to someone you expect to pitch out of the bullpen who isn’t a late-inning guy.
Who knows…maybe if the Braves again find themselves out of contention as the summer draws near — and the Mets find themselves with a need — Bartolo can make a triumphant return to Queens to help the Mets fight their way back to the postseason.
For now, though, we bid Bartolo farewell.