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Mets sign 40-year-old Bartolo Colon for two years, $20 million

Dec 11, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Mets have agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with Bartolo Colon.

Colon going from out of baseball in 2010 to throwing 507 innings with a 3.32 ERA over the past three seasons is a remarkable story, especially considering he was 38 years old when the comeback began.

Now he’s 40 and coming off a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts for the A’s, but Colon’s secondary numbers are far less impressive. He managed just 117 strikeouts in 190 innings and essentially now just pumps low-90s fastballs for strikes and relies on good defense behind him.

Don’t expect him to post another sub-3.00 at age 40–or at age 41 in 2015–but at this point $8-$10 million per season is the going rate for a decent veteran starter and his market was strong enough that a multi-year commitment was needed to get a deal done.

Meanwhile, the A’s essentially replaced Colon in the rotation by signing Scott Kazmir to a two-year, $22 million deal.

  1. missthemexpos - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    40 is the new 30

    • cohnjusack - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      I’m assuming you’re 40, because only someone who is 40 would say something so sad.

      • lazlosother - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:11 PM

        I’m 53! Unfortunately 53 is the new 67 in my case.

    • billybawl - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      You mean $20M is the new $2M.

  2. cur68 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    A big park, just what The Dugong needed. Good luck to him.

  3. uyf1950 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    WOW, what else can I say. Colon must feel like he died and went to heaven after the “chump change” (relatively speaking) he’s made in guaranteed money on a year to year basis the last few years.

    • cackalackyank - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:08 PM

      Given some of the numbers we are seeing this offseason for pitchers from the lower levels of the market it will be interesting to see what the supposedly more desirable guys like Garza, E. Santana, and Jimenez get.

  4. tfbuckfutter - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Good.

    A doper going somewhere that his career will die in silence.

    • dondada10 - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      What’s with the Mets hate?

      • tfbuckfutter - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:06 PM

        I hate every team. Even my own.

        It’s kind of….my thing.

  5. phillysports1 - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    My boy eating !!!!

  6. johnnysoda - Dec 11, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    As a replacement for Harvey, not a bad move.

    • Glenn - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      I hope to god that you are not referring to the Sports Illustrated Body Issue!

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        round is a shape!

  7. xdj511 - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    *pinch* What… I’m awake? This isn’t a bad dream? Dear dog, why is this happening?

  8. nymets4ever - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Ew, why did we give two years and 20 mil to this fat phuck when we could’ve had Arroyo, Feldman, or Hammel?

    • aphillieated - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      Because Colon is better than all 3, and he’s a “fat phuck”

    • dondada10 - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      Feldman already got a 3 year deal and Arroyo and Hammel are holding out for one.

      Colon is going to cost far less than those three both annually and sum total. He’ll probably outperform most of them.

      You gotta figure that by 2015 our rotation will be:
      1. Harvey
      2. Wheeler
      3. Niese
      4. Syndergaard
      5. Montero

      With Gee, Meija and Fullmer in the fold. Plus Colon.

  9. aphillieated - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Colon is going to dominate us, I know it.

  10. wishingtonredslur - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    He was our best pitcher last year, we shipped Anderson off too, I’m feeling a little anxious.

  11. keltictim - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    I wonder how many times he pees in a cup for uncle bud

  12. jackbox999 - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    can’t wait to see him bat. first nl team he’s played for. this is gonna be good.

    • dondada10 - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      He had about 15 starts for the Expos. They traded Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, and Brandon Phillips for him.

      • missthemexpos - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        I knew it, someone was going to bring up that trade….argghh……..

  13. phillysports1 - Dec 11, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    Colon is better than every guy you mention + he has better numbers than all those guys you just mention + he deserves it .

  14. jcfinest - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    lol 25 year old pitchers are that bad that a 40 year old gets 20 million.

  15. sdelmonte - Dec 11, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    I like it! A good choice to hold the place for the future.

  16. mtr75 - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    In other news, $39,999,999 of the money will be deferred, paid out annually over the next 20 years at 15% interest.

    • cackalackyank - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:42 PM

      Dang. Are they going to pay him twice? I see this as only a 20 mil deal, but they are deferring almost 40 mil?

  17. billybawl - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    24 comments and nobody has brought up the fact that he’s going to bat regularly. I really hope some Mets’ fan makes a compilation of his swings and shares it with us.

    • 15412pack - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      THAT should be entertaining!

  18. jlilly67 - Dec 11, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Slice Colon and gravy will pour out.

  19. weaselpuppy - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    total Mets move.

    was Hideki Irabu not available?

    • cackalackyank - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      Since Hideki Irabu took his own life a couple years ago…NO.

      • weaselpuppy - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        death by cheeseburger?

      • cackalackyank - Dec 11, 2013 at 11:49 PM

        Seriously? The guy committed suicide because his family left him. Let the dead rest in peace.

  20. 15412pack - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    20 million for a PED using, 40 yr old soft tosser? Yikes.

    Good use of that Bill Maher money.

  21. bronxtale247 - Dec 11, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Wow Mets are despite. What a waste of money, can’t wait to see him hit though hahaha

  22. timpaz - Dec 12, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    I can remember watching Colon pitch in Tucson,Az. for a semipro team in the summer of 10, good to see he hung in there , hard work paid off for Big bucks from Mets at 40. Wow!

  23. obpedmypants - Dec 12, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    A lesson for all you youngsters out there: PEDs pay. You would be foolish to pursue a career in professional sport and not take them.

  24. mj2sexay - Dec 13, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Additional generic fat joke!

  25. drgums - Dec 25, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    That will help the Mets to get to fourth place

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