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Start printing playoff tickets: the Yankees sign Bartolo Colon

Jan 26, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

Bartolo Colon

Yesterday Brian Cashman said that he’d feel better if he signed a starter. He also said that the Yankees are a starter away from being a World Series contender.

Today he signed Bartolo Colon.  Really.

It’s a minor league deal.  Colon probably doesn’t even make the team.  It’s not going to prevent the Yankees from doing anything they would have otherwise done.  But really, the optics of it are not good, as they say.

It’s the Yankees. Everyone overanalyzes what they do. Because of that — and because absolutely nothing else is going on right now — you have to wonder if this could have waited until the questions about their rotation had been resolved. Because coming as it does now, many people are going to presume that this is Cashman’s answer to those questions, and the media calliope is going to start rum-pum-pumming about it. Bartolo Colon would have still been waiting around in a couple of weeks.  And if he wasn’t, some other tomato can starter like him would have been.  People are now going to bombard Cashman with questions about how the Yankees rotation plans went from Cliff Lee to Bartolo Colon in the space of two months.

I had resisted this line of thinking as it has become more and more popular in recent days, but really, I am now prepared to admit that Cashman is trying to get himself run out of town on a rail.  Or, at any rate, signing Bartolo Colon is something I’d do if I wanted such a thing.

  1. BC - Jan 26, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Wow, he gets any bigger he’s going to go Supernova… RUN FOR THE HILLS!

    • uyf1950 - Jan 26, 2011 at 12:07 PM

      You forget he’s in the best shape of his life.

      • BC - Jan 26, 2011 at 12:20 PM

        If that shape is spherical and Jupiter-like, then yes.

    • woodenulykteneau - Jan 26, 2011 at 12:09 PM

      Or at least walk briskly until Bartolo gets winded

    • Panda Claus - Jan 26, 2011 at 1:57 PM

      This is one way to make CC look more slimmed down.

      • BC - Jan 26, 2011 at 5:06 PM

        Yeah, but CC can actually PITCH at 280 lbs (or whatever he is). David Wells could to the tune of about what, 220 wins? Sid Fernandez. Heck, Tom Seaver was a pretty fat dude from 1975 on.
        Bartolo Colon? Not so much.

  2. uyf1950 - Jan 26, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    The only reason the Yankees did this is so they have enough players for those inter squad games during spring training.

  3. Jonny 5 - Jan 26, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    “I am now prepared to admit that Cashman is trying to get himself run out of town on a rail.”

    Yeah, it kinda dawned on me when he was “Dropping moderate sized bombs”

  4. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Jan 26, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    According to the rankings yesterday the Yankees are one notch below the Cubs in starting pitching. Being ranked lower than the Cubs in any aspect of the game is cause for panic. I’m just guessing that the Yankee fans aren’t feeling all warm and fuzzy with Colon as their go to guy when one of their starters go down. I have two words for the Yankees: Braden Looper. He’s way more money and probably not as good, fitting the Yankee profile to a tee. As bonus he hasn’t pitched in a year.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 26, 2011 at 2:38 PM

      Unnecessary and untrue Cub bashing, once again.

  5. smithsc5 - Jan 26, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Nice to see that the former Expo has some left in the tank. I won’t book my flight to NY in September until they sign Sidney Ponson.

    • trevorb06 - Jan 26, 2011 at 12:37 PM

      Some left in the tank?! He IS a tank…

    • BC - Jan 26, 2011 at 5:23 PM

      Oh shoot – see that flash? I think it was Sidney Ponson exploding……

  6. sknut - Jan 26, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    I just wonder when a button will fly off his jersey and hurt some innocent bystander.

  7. jeffrp - Jan 26, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    So Cashman is supposed to juggle the schedule of his front office because the NY Post and callers to WFAN may go nuts? They’re gonna go nuts anyway so keep about your business I say, to do otherwise would be cowardly. The Yankees take flyers on pitchers trying to come back from injuries all the time (see: Prior, Mark) and anyone with half a brain who covers the team knows this.

    • Andrew - Jan 26, 2011 at 2:08 PM

      Yeah, but this is the first time we could honestly say the Yankees are desperate for starting pitching since Pettitte won’t start the season with them.

  8. Jeremy T - Jan 26, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    I can’t help but feel like you’re overanalyzing the overanalyzing

  9. jh0088 - Jan 26, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Hey look! A difference maker!

  10. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jan 26, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    There’s just no way he’s trying to get out of the job. Crazy talk is what that is. I have to believe there are plenty of reasons unknown to us as to why Cashman signed Colon to a minor league deal.

  11. Charles Gates - Jan 26, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    I would say that Cashman may be trying to make waves, but I doubt that he’s trying to get himself run out of town on a rail. If only because getting fired hurts his ability to market himself. He could resign fand everyone would understand; The Boss-v2 is impossible to work under and he wants more autonomy. But if he were to get fired, doesn’t that make him look worse? If anything this proves that Cashman doesn’t have a good handle on PR, as fan sentiment will impact revenue via ticket sales, hats, shirts etc.

  12. jhorton83 - Jan 26, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Next, Brian Cashman will smear strawberry stains on a Babe Ruth jersey, streak across Yankees Stadium in a flesh-colored bodysuit, and tie a World Series trophy to the back of his car and drag it around the parking lot while yelling though a bullhorn: “Attention, Steinbrenner and front-office morons! Your triumphs mean nothing. You all stink. You can sit on it and rotate! This is Brian Cashman. I fear no reprisal. Extension 5-1-7-0.”

  13. phukyouk - Jan 26, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    IN YOUR FACE PHILLIES! We got… Prior, Colon, Mitre and OF COURSE Kei Iguana. if that doesnt say ACES i dont know what does.

    but seriously the guys last name is colon… i mean he does spew sh*t on a regular basis soooooooooooooo

  14. baseballstars - Jan 27, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    I’ve been one of the most vocal critics of Cashman on this site, but I see nothing wrong with this signing (provided Colon signs for cheap). At worst, he explodes in the minors and no damage done. At best, he eats up innings as a fifth starter, and if he has anything left, he’s still better than Mitre. Cashman gets a lot of deserved heat, but I don’t think it’s fair in this instance.

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