Michael Baron, ContributorIn his column for the Daily News, Bill Madden opines the Mets should consider signing free agent RHP Bartolo Colon this winter.
“By signing Colon, the Mets accomplish two things: They get a top-of-the-rotation “bridge” to Matt Harvey’s return in 2015 and they establish themselves as legitimate wild-card contenders next season,” Madden explains.
Colon’s fastball velocity is diminished, but he’s compensated for that with an increased use of his slider and change-up along with excellent control of all three pitches. What’s more, he’s been able to sustain this outstanding command over the last three seasons, which has undoubtedly contributed to his renaissance over that span.
It’s not an awful idea on a one-year deal. Colon could conceivably go a long way towards buying time for Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero, and possibly serve as an insurance policy in case one or both of them aren’t ready mid-year. He has been surprisingly good and durable over the last three years, and he had a phenomenal season in 2013.
I’ve heard the Mets looking for a veteran innings guy, capable of leading and guiding a young pitching staff, and there’s no debating Colon fits at least half that criteria. But I worry he might not be able to give the Mets those innings, or provide enough quality innings as he heads into his age-41 season in 2014. In the end, Colon is a crap shoot – there’s no way to know when the end is near for him, whether or not he might break down, and so on. The Mets can’t afford to take many risks with this spot in the rotation, considering the uncertainty in that area heading into next season.
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