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Bartolo Colon’s deal could be worth as much as $6 million

Nov 4, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

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The A’s announced Saturday that they had signed veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon to a new one-year contract. And now Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chonicle has the full financial details:

Despite Colon’s age and his suspension, the A’s will pay him $3 million next year, and an incentives package could push the deal to between $5 million and $6 million – including provisions in the event that Colon pitches in relief.

Colon only has five games remaining on that 50-game PED suspension, so he’ll be good to go one week into the 2013 season.

The 39-year-old veteran registered a superb 3.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 91/23 K/BB ratio across 152 1/3 innings this past year for Oakland while earning $2 million. He made 24 starts and no relief appearances.

  1. dcfan4life - Nov 4, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    An incentive based contract to a 39 year old pitcher who was just suspended 50 games for PEDs sounds about right. What have you got to lose here? Billy Beane knows what hes doing with literally every personal move its amazing.

  2. ejj35 - Nov 4, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    What a joke…rewarding him after failing a drug test. Then he gets a big raise! He is taking a spot on the roster. Pathetic

    • Marty - Nov 4, 2012 at 6:52 PM

      Not pure baseball!!! Tainted season already!!!!

  3. dwaibel38 - Nov 4, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    The raise is in large part to his ability to eat up (insert fat joke here) innings.

  4. libertynchurch - Nov 4, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Anyone who thinks that these teams are signing guys to multi-million dollar contracts without any knowledge of PED use is naive. When caught, the teams pretend ignorance and feign indignation, when they have already reviewed their own tests. A regular-joe cant get a six-figure insurance policy without some intern showing up at your house giving you one of the most thorough blood analysis that you will ever have. So now these owners want us to believe that they are signing these players without any testing and due-diligence. Riiiggghht! The owners got rich by paying attention to business details. The teams dont give a damn about PEDs, and neither do I. We have lost this war. Society and sports. Time to acknowledge, adapt and keep it movin.

  5. sharkcity408 - Nov 5, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    I can’t believe this CHEATER is on the team making a killing. Wtf. I’m losing my faith in baseball fast.

  6. stex52 - Nov 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM

    Just don’t feel like it’s exclusively baseball. Find me an offensive lineman in the NFL who is not pumped up on amphetamines and anabolics. Cycling? NBA?

    For all of its faults, at least baseball has a testing program.

  7. deathmonkey41 - Nov 5, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Does he get a bonus if he makes the team’s annual “Beefcake Calendar”?

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