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Report: Orioles, Mets chasing Bartolo Colon

Dec 9, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says the market for Bartolo Colon‘s services is heating up, with the Orioles, Mets and others involved.

WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reported earlier in the day that the Mets met with Colon’s agent.

Seattle and Atlanta would also seem to be possibilities for the 40-year-old right-hander, who did not receive a qualifying offer from the A’s and thus will not require the loss of a draft pick.

Colon finished second in the AL with 18 wins and second with a 2.65 ERA in 190 1/3 innings last season. The teams that want him seem to prefer him for one year, but one will likely blink and offer him a two-year deal in the $20 million range.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    “Chasing”? That should not be difficult given his weight.

  2. karlkolchak - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Seriously? They are “chasing” Bartolo Colon? How hard can it be to catch that guy?

    • spudchukar - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      Well Done. He was pretty much “It” in tag for most of the day.

      • clydeserra - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:04 PM

        HEY! LET’S GO WITH FAT JOKES!!!!!AMIRITE????

  3. APBA Guy - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    After watching El Capitan for 2 years, here’s what I’d say to prospective buyers:

    – Expect 150 innings
    – Make sure your outfielders go back well
    – Better to throw him in a big outfield

    Oakland was in many ways a near perfect fit for the ageless one. He pitched to contact for the most part, but still could stun with a rare 95 mph top-end. But because he throws a stick-straight 4 seamer, he also throws a lot of cuts and 2 seamers out of the same delivery. His mistakes tend to be over the plate, and these are why I said above that the outfielders need to be able to get back on the ball, like Reddick and Crisp and not like Cespedes. Also, having seen lots of jumping at the fence in Oakland by Reddick and Crisp, those balls are out in other ballparks, like Baltimore. Colon could easily have a 4.30 ERA there and be exactly the same pitcher he was last year in Oakland, in terms of stuff and location.

    Caveat emptor.

    • clydeserra - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      was very skeptical both years, was pleasantly surprised both years.

      Also, I loved loved loved watching him pitch. Have to go to his games to appreciate. Very cavalier about the whole thing. Flipping the baseball up and down on the mound waiting for the umpire’s signal after commercial break. Shrugging off bad plays. laughing on the bench during his starts.

      Great guy to have on you team.

      • APBA Guy - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:48 PM

        Hey Clyde- I missed seeing him this year, but I saw the behavior you mentioned on TV, and he seems to have won the affection of the team during his two years at Oakland. He really did shrug off the misplays, didn’t he. That was a great model for the young pitchers: sometimes you have to pick up your fielders.

  4. spudchukar - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Probably more suited to the Mets’ ball park, than Camden Yards.

  5. xdj511 - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Mets are just kicking the tires… no way they’d offer 2 years to him. They’re only looking for a 1-year stopgap until Harvey comes back or one of their other pitching prospects like Montero or Syndergaard is ready.

  6. pdowdy83 - Dec 9, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Can’t see how he would be as successful in Camden Yards as he has been in Oakland. Seems like the Orioles should be going after someone with a stronger groundball rate than Colon.

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