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Athletics re-sign Bartolo Colon to one-year contract

Nov 3, 2012, 4:37 PM EDT

Bartolo Colon AP

UPDATE II: Slusser also hears that despite re-signing Colon, the A’s still have interest in bringing back Brandon McCarthy.

UPDATE: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Colon will receive a $3 million base salary and could earn more with incentives.

4:37 PM: Well, here’s a surprise.

According to Jane Lee of, the Athletics and Bartolo Colon have reached agreement on a one-year contract. Terms haven’t been disclosed.

Colon joined the A’s on a one-year, $2 million contract in January and posted a solid 3.43 ERA and 91/23 K/BB ratio over 152 2/3 innings prior to being suspended 50 games for testing positive for testosterone in late August. The 39-year-old right-hander still has five games left on the suspension, so he will begin the 2013 season on the restricted list. However, the fallout of the positive test wasn’t enough to scare the Athletics away. Colon is currently pitching with for Aguilas in the Dominican Winter League and recently required stitches after he was hit in the face by a line drive.

The Athletics currently have Colon, Brett Anderson, Jarrod Parker, Tommy Milone and A.J. Griffin lined up for their rotation, so free agent right-hander Brandon McCarthy might not be a fit any longer.

  1. raysfan1 - Nov 3, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    If I were an A’s fan, I would not be happy with them keeping Colon over McCarthy. Besides the PED thing, Colon is 10 years older and that 3.43 ERA was his best in 6-7 years. I wouldn’t want to have to count on a repeat of that performance. Perhaps he will be used for long relief and spot starts.

    • clydeserra - Nov 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      Its starting rotation depth. Parker, Milone and Griffin pitched more innings last year than ever before. Blackley is not anything more than a 6th starter and They have staily and peacock in AAA.

      Plus he was a well regarded person in the clubhouse, which surprised me.

      • dcfan4life - Nov 4, 2012 at 3:59 AM

        Peacock showed great promise in Washington, but has that really translated into Oakland. I dont think he is your 5th starter. I wouldn’t doubt the A’s sign another solid starter to push that rotation. The Nats started the year with 8 potential starters. With injuries and all, you can never have enough pitching.

    • aceinthehole12 - Nov 3, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      They’re keeping McCarthy too. (A’s fan here)

  2. Marty - Nov 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    It would be interesting to have every MLB player contract stipulate that if caught using a banned substance you would forfeit 75% of your salary and be required to play for the Oakland As for the remainder of the season.

  3. spytdi - Nov 3, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    They wanted to keep him on the team so he could keep the supply consistent to Cespedes.

    • clydeserra - Nov 3, 2012 at 6:13 PM

      So, I can’t figure out how this comment is not racist? Help me out.

      • spytdi - Nov 3, 2012 at 7:22 PM

        Racist? You’re kidding, ignorant, or an A’s fan (which is somewhere in between since the team is about to head south for San Jose since no one attends the games). It’s been documented that ManRam, Colon, and Cespedes are close. 2 outta 3 on PEDs? Most likely 3 for 3. Just playing the percentages.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM

        Most likely 3 for 3. Just playing the percentages.

        And you call someone else ignorant…pot meet kettle

      • randygnyc - Nov 3, 2012 at 8:35 PM

        Really? Racist? Quick, turn of MSNBC. They’re affecting your moral compass. There are 52 cards in the deck. Quit playing the wrong one. It’s been overplayed so much in the last 4 years that now my initial inclination is to dismiss allegations like this, out of hand. Before, I was inclined to give it merit pending further information. Incredible what such a devisive president can do in 4 short years.

      • clydeserra - Nov 3, 2012 at 9:37 PM

        So, you named three players that played with the A’s. Mr. Ramirez and Cespedes overlapped for about a moth in SPring training.

        You say that it is well documented that Cespedes, Colon and Ramirez are close, I know of no such documentation. The only connection I see is they grew up speaking Spanish in another county.

        That is your evidence? Really? Again, how is it not racist? I want to know.

  4. APBA Guy - Nov 3, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Clyde’s right, he was regarded as a plus in the clubhouse, very loose and relaxed, and a rock when it was his turn to pitch. Also, depthis critical. The A’s front office has spoken repeatedly about the need for 8-9 guys who can start in the majors. They need to put 1400-1500 total high-quality innings on the field each year. If Bartolo can do 10% of that at 10% of the pitcher payroll, it works out.

  5. cur68 - Nov 3, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Awesome. The Dugong’s back. If he can keep his urine free of drug metabolites I hope to see a full season from the Ole Manatee. Just, uh, learn how to duck there, eh big fella? It ain’t all sea grass and plaint Sea Cows in MLB.

  6. spytdi - Nov 3, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    They are from the Dominican Republic, which is a nation. If I grouped together Justin Upton, John Kruk, and Evan Longoria and said they were all PED buddies, would you say I was bring racist then? They are American, which is a nationality. Like it was mentioned in a previous post, turn off MSNBC because its rotting your brain.

    • cur68 - Nov 3, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      psssst! This site? Hardballtalk? Its MSNBC. How’s your brain doing?

    • clydeserra - Nov 4, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      Cespedes is from the Dominican Republic? OK.

      From what I understand, Colon and Ramirez tested positive for different substances. there has be no reporting saying that they are “close.”

      For the record, I don’t watch MSNBC so that can’t be what is rotting my brain.

      • cloudcontroller - Nov 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM

        Clearly what’s rotting your brain is engaging people who blame Obama for any criticism sent their way. Logic doesn’t work with these people.

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