Mets: Stop it with the Bartolo Colon speculation
Just say “no” to a Big Sexy reunion
Late Saturday, a report from Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press lit a new fire on the Bartolo Colon back to the Mets rumors we had been hearing about since December. Berardino quoted Minnesota Twins pitcher Ervin Santana as having talked to Colon about coming back for the 2018 season. Apparently Colon told him the Mets have had some interest in a reunion with the soon-to-be 45-year-old pitcher this season.
"“He just wants to win six more games and then he will retire,” Santana said."
After an absolutely abysmal 2017 campaign, Colon’s offers are probably few and far between. He had a chance to come back to Queens last season after the Braves released him. Colon opted to sign with the Twins instead thinking he’d had a better shot at the playoffs with Minnesota.
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I’ll admit, I and a few others, wanted Colon in a Mets jersey after the 2016 season ended. He had turned in a solid couple of years with the Amazin’s dating back to 2015, so why not? Although he didn’t impress every outing with his stuff, he was pretty consistent in taking the ball every fifth day.
It’s now 2018, and I’ve changed my mind.
The Mets need starting pitching help. That’s a no doubter. They’re also not looking to spend on a starting pitcher because the front office believes what they have on hand right now is enough. A rotation that was injured and helped post the second worst ERA in franchise history is suppose to be trusted, according to Sandy Alderson. Okay.
Even if they were looking for starting pitching help, however, Colon is definitely not the answer. The Dominican-born right-hander has had an amazing career but last year was evidence that he just doesn’t have much left in the tank. The Mets can’t be looking to spend any money on a guy like that.
Thankfully, it doesn’t seem like the Mets are at all interested in a second trip with Colon. According to Kristie Ackert of the Daily News, Alderson is not looking in that direction at all.
"“You never know, things could change, but it’s not something I see happening,” Ackert was told by a source. “It’s not a name I’ve been hearing.”"
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Big Sexy Time was fun a couple of years ago, and we’ll always have the good memories that his starts and his home run brought to us. It’s time to move on though, guys. Let’s let this rumor die once and for all.