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Diamondbacks “showing interest” in Bartolo Colon

Jan 13, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

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Bartolo Colon hasn’t been linked to many teams as a free agent, but Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Diamondbacks are “showing interest” in him as a potential fifth starter.

After a year out of the big leagues Colon signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees last offseason and made a remarkable comeback, throwing 164 innings with a 4.00 ERA and 135/40 K/BB ratio at age 38.

However, he struggled down the stretch, going 0-4 with a 5.84 ERA in his final eight starts, and prior to last year Colon hadn’t thrown even 100 innings in a season since way back in 2005.

Arizona’s front four is set with Ian Kennedy, Trevor Cahill, Daniel Hudson, and Josh Collmenter, but adding Colon to compete with and perhaps delay the arrival of the Diamondbacks’ various young fifth-starter candidates makes sense. For a cheap one-year deal he can still be useful.

  1. adcoop22 - Jan 13, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    May be a good option until Trevor Bauer gets the call, then you don’t have to worry about his arm wearing out at the end ofthe season.

  2. henryd3rd - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    He’ll do well in the National League. No DH, most hitters are not familiar with his pitching repertoire and he can still get the average MLB hitter out. The superstars are another story. But then again there are not too many superstars left in the National League after Pujols signed with the Angels

    • baseballisboring - Jan 13, 2012 at 7:05 PM

      Plus we get to watch Bartolo hit, which is instant comedy.

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