Madden: The Mets should consider signing Bartolo Colon

Michael Baron, Contributor

In his column for the Daily News, Bill Madden opines the Mets should consider signing free agent RHP Bartolo Colon this winter.

Bartolo Colon 1 (AP)“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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139 comments
Micheal
Micheal

What would it take to get Reyes ?

Steve Barbato
Steve Barbato

only mets fans would universally dismiss a guy who went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA on an American League team, plus pitched in the all-star game right in front of us last summer. idiots.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

Colon at 41 yrs old maybe a veteran pitcher but I think he is too old. I hope the Mets are not that desperate to sign him. I could be wrong since I would have brought back Leroy Hawkins and he is 40 yrs old; But, we know he can still pitch.

pcshea
pcshea

They shouldn't sign this ancient, overweight, ex-roider. There is nothing he can do except eat up money that we could be saving for someone better.

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

They'd probably quadruple the number of hits on this site if they'd simply add a "you suck" button.  What good is blogging if you can't vent with ease and simplicity?

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

The Mets are the first team to start their own off-season fat farm.  He can spend the next three months eating salad with Duda and Tejada.  This is a marriage made in heaven.  

Jimmy Pereira
Jimmy Pereira

no more washout players......enough is enough.....

MMIAA
MMIAA

This guy sis a slob and a roider no thanks.

Steve Cowit
Steve Cowit

he'll blow out his arm signing the contract

hashburry
hashburry

Can"t afford him.  He was an AS last season.  Strike throwing machine.  Mets are totally overrating their talent and depth at starting pitching to keep the expectations level down regarding adding any real talent.  To actually dream of adding Tanaka and having a loaded starting rotation for next year is just too much to hope for as a Met fan.

supert
supert

Makes perfect sense to me -


He will most likely take a 1 yr deal.

He's better than Hughes & many of the other FA SP available.

He can be traded after the AS break when Thor & Montero make their way up.

Frank Rillotta
Frank Rillotta

Oh yeah. While their at it they should just give me a 5 year deal as well.

AJF
AJF

Yuck !Please no

Matthew Crawford
Matthew Crawford

Why is no one advocating trading for Reyes AND Bautista/encarnacion OR if it's duda to the rays, forget the Mariners, and trade our own prospects for David price. I'm fine with Ike Davis at 1b if we improve at SS and get an sp and bullpen help. It's still too soon to give up on Ike. I refuse to believe that he has high trade value. Duda and Satin will never hit enough, even in a platoon. Davis at least has shown potential.

Also, I like the OF starters as it is set now. I really, really, really like lagares. But if Toronto would rather trade Bautista then E E, how can we not investigate that?

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

With the size of Colon there's no way he could pitch for a NL team.

Mario Caraballo
Mario Caraballo

noooo hell nooo we look like idiots enough taking has beens that are going through all teams

rubiconx0
rubiconx0

please say "no" to Colon, PEDS old,over weight, need i say more?

anthony G. Decesare
anthony G. Decesare

I would sign Colon, keep our prospects. But one other thing Lageras will not start in CF if this team does not get a leadoff hitter at another position. Until the team gets one Eric Young Jr is your leadoff hitter and if the lineup stays as is then young is in lf leading off opening day.

Bernardo Antonio Flores
Bernardo Antonio Flores

So as of right now mets lineup is c.young, d.murphy, d.wright, c.granderson, I.davis, t,d'Arnaud, j.lagares, r.tejada... Mets desperately need a lead off hitter

tullydew
tullydew

2.65 ERA in the American League is as good of a year as Harvey had in the NL. He will cost too much (10-12 mil) and maybe a 2 year deal.

Too expensive for the Wilpons

Aidan Maslow
Aidan Maslow

Colon is likely the best fit for the Mets rotation, assuming they are looking for a one-year deal. If you are going for multiple years, it would like be better to go after Garza, Jimenez, or (Ervin) Santana than Colon.

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

2 things: I think this is a great idea. We just need a 1 year bridge to Harvey, Syndergaard, and Montero (assuming Montero doesn't get moved), and Colon appears to be one of the few willing to sign for 1 year.

Secondly, has anyone figured out how to find their own recent comments with this Livefyre system? I can't find a way to see my comments so far since the switch.

nym68
nym68

The article clearly states that Oakland didn't resign him because of his contract demands. They instead signed Kazmir for two yeas at $11m per. Now will Mr. Regurgitate Baron please explain how the Mets can sign him to a one year affordable deal when Colon wants more years and money?

Max Blay
Max Blay

Jimenez, arroyo, garza, Hammel, Saunders, halladay, Hanson, baker, D- Hudson, capuano. Plenty of options for the role we're trying to fill in the rotation. Axford, Crain, o flaherty- short list of guys we should sign for the pen. The market is deeper than you think

supert
supert

@rubiconx0 Will most likely take a 1 yr deal.  Can be traded later in the season when Thor & Montero come up.  Had 18 wins with a 2.65 Run ERA last season with the A's.  Yeah, I think you need to say a lot more.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Or Murphy can move to 1B or be traded. EY can play 2B, his natural position, and stay in the lead off spot. He would improve our defense at 2B over Murphy. Btw, I like Murph and would only trade him for a chance to upgrade at 1B or SS.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

They also need a #5 hitter (aren't you tired of watching Ike?) and a SS (Tejada is injury prone, out of shape, and has limited tools to begin with). EY is not a great player, but he is the best lead off hitter we have had since Reyes. EY can play 2B, with a lot more range then Murphy. Murphy can either move to 1B or be a nice trade chip for a 1B or SS.

anthony G. Decesare
anthony G. Decesare

Lageras will not start if this team does not have a leadoff hitter at another position.

niesesnose
niesesnose

We apparently have 13 mil to spend (and more of Davis is dealed).

niesesnose
niesesnose

I don't think they can afford Garza or Jimenez unless they deal Davis and Murphy, and I can really only Davjs being dealed unless they get blown away for Murphy. I said Colon was a good it in yesterday's thread as he went 18-6 last year and is a fly all pitcher. Could you imagine the market for an 18-6 pitcher if he was 6 years younger??

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

I agree on Colon.

No, I haven't figured out how to find anything in this new format. Good luck finding this reply from me. Lol

MMIAA
MMIAA

@nym68 its amazing how you can point out a glaring mistake like that and you never hear from him no response.

Gland1
Gland1

@nym68 Come on now.  It almost seems like you are looking for some thought and analysis.  

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

@nym68 I haven't read anything on Colon in a few weeks but the last I had seen on him had him looking for a 1 year deal. Plus, as age 41 he isn't likely to get more than a 1 year deal anywhere anyway. Also, cool it on the "Mr. Regurgitate Baron" stuff. Calling people that disagree with you (and may agree with the author in this instance) names gives us all a clear view of your character, and that's not a good thing for you.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

We need to find someone who is willing to take a one year deal. We should be set for 2015, with the return of Harvey and the addition of Syndergaard and Montero.

anthony G. Decesare
anthony G. Decesare

The guy in newsday already reported that young will not move to 2b, they seem very intent on duda/satin platoon at 1b. I hate doing ike and montero for the SS Escobar on the rays but I think theirs a chance of it, rays also have this oriental guy that can play SS, will see...I would sign Colon, but they probably end up with joe saunders or something..

'Giovanni Jiminez
'Giovanni Jiminez

1.Lagares

2.Murph

3.Wright

4.Grandy

5.C.Young

6.Davis

7.d' Arnaud

8.Tejada

If the season started today. 2-7 could pack a punch if C.Young returns to his dback days, Ike gets straightened out and d' Arnaud lives up to his billing. Should be fun to watch

niesesnose
niesesnose

Yesterday Newsday put out an article saying we still had 13 mil left. If we trade Davis it's 17

nym68
nym68

@Tom Gallagher The name Mr. Regurgitate has nothing to do with whether or not he agrees with anything I say. It's based strictly on his lack of possessing original thought. Damn near everything he writes on here is based on what someone else has previously reported. All he does is regurgitate other people's words while stating his own supposed opinion. In this case he ripped off Bill Madden, but only after choosing to remove a key part of the article in order to invent a story. Had you bothered to read the article in question then perhaps you would have noticed his latest hack job. I don't believe expecting honesty, integrity, and originality is too much to ask of someone who writes for a website in the same way one would expect it out of any other media forum

niesesnose
niesesnose

Colon on one year is an absolute steal. Could you imagine the market for a starting pitcher that Went 18-6 last year if he wasn't 41??

niesesnose
niesesnose

People that would take a one year deal: D-Hudson, Baker, capuano, (maybe) Halladay and (hopefully) Colon. I always liked Hudson, he was gonna be a good young pitcher until he got injured. Someone I'd definitely take a flyer on. I also don't really like Tommy Hanson. He just not that good

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Halladay might take a one year deal to try and reestablish his value. Citi Field would be a good place for him to do that. He would also be a good mentor for the young guys.