Bartolo Colon reported to Tradition Field yesterday and said the Mets were the only team to offer him a two-year deal.
He received several one-year offers from teams, but Sandy Alderson offering a second guaranteed year sealed the deal for him and his agent.
Colon, 40, arrived to camp 265 pounds, on the heels of going 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA for the A’s last year.
“I don’t worry about my weight,” Colon said Saturday. “I’ve always been a big guy. I’ve always pitched that way, so I’m comfortable with that.”
Colon, who will earn $10 million each of the next two seasons, has been discussed as a possible Opening Day starter, too (MetsBlog, Jan. 17).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I’m looking forward to watching him work this year. It’s easy to goof on his weight, etc., and I get that. But, the fact is, he’s done an incredible job reinventing himself and he’s been successful essentially using one pitch, his fastball, which he moves back and forth and in and around the strike zone as well as anyone has ever done. Also, he doesn’t speak much English and he’s known for keeping to himself, yet friends in Oakland said he brought a ton of wisdom and leadership to their pitching staff, simply by his work ethic and creativity on the mound. It was like he was holding a quiet master class in How to Use a Fastball, which captivated their young pitchers, and I’m eager to sign watch, too.