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Mets only team to offer Colon two-year deal

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.


To read more about Colon’s arrival to camp, check out newspaper reports from Newsday, New York Post and the New York Times.

128 comments
hrvwlzthor
hrvwlzthor

Yo Colon looks like freakin Pablo Escobar with his boys. Don't mess with the dude he'll make you disappear lollll!

chasesimms
chasesimms

Just don't hurt yourself attempting to run to first Colon.  In fact, don't even swing.  Just stand there and hope the pitcher can throw 3 strikes over the plate, and then have a seat. 

triviaace
triviaace

The inmates have taken over the asylum!

getalife
getalife

I miss the stories of R.A. Dickey riding his bike everyday to practice.

rjsallstars
rjsallstars

do you see the size of his head? I hope he is clean!

georgie
georgie

Colon doesn't know how to speak English!  How many years in this country?

Shame.

tommets
tommets

Never new Shrek was an American Eagle model.

yankeehater
yankeehater

The guy just finished 6th in Cy Young voting last year with a tremendous 2.65 ERA, and the year before he pitched to an ERA of 3.43....in the AL. He's a trade chip this summer if we are out of it, and again next off-season if he performs well.

If Sandy has shown us one thing positive since he's been here, its been his ability to turn veteran players into very promising minor leaguers.  

Adam Dubbs
Adam Dubbs

Did you see that pic and his enterouge??

Where is Stevie Janowski?? We signed the one and only Kenny F'n Powers!!!

20MM well spent!

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

Makes sense why he signed here then. At his age, his last contract get the biggest score before you walk out. I actually like the deal although it does carry some risk at his age. 

There's always the risk he falls off the cliff performance wise at his age. So I could see the Mets trying to trade him as soon as they can. I think this deal was as much about getting another chip to trade. If he performs well before trading deadline and Mets are not contenders I could see them shipping him off at the deadline. Or after the year is over if he performs well since he then should have some value. And I still say that was SA's motivation in signing him

supert
supert

1 year more for Colon.  1 year more for Granderson.  Several million more for Chris Young.  But not a penny more for Stephen Drew to fill the team's biggest need SS.  Makes perfect sense.

Steven Desai
Steven Desai

I think the signing of Colon was a solid move to stabilize the starting rotation at the top or near it anyway. I'm pretty interested in seeing what exactly comes of this team now that David Wright has protection with Curtis Granderson batting behind him as well. 


Don't let his weight and age fool you, he's pitched really well in the AL for the Oakland A's the last couple of years and I'm interested in seeing him pitch for the Mets. 


Who knows how much Bartolo Colon has left in the tank but I think he'll help give this team quality innings this season. 


lou2565
lou2565

I like this signing and think he'll be fine...but his biggest impact on this team might be the mentoring of Mejia...I'm sure it's no coincidence their lockers are next to each other...

Olerud42
Olerud42

I don't get why everyone is so in love with Dillon Gee. He performed well last year, but he's not the second coming of Matt Harvey or anything

supert
supert

We were the only team to offer Colon a 2 yr deal and the only team to offer Chris Young $7.5M, but that doesn't mean we can't nickel and dime Stephen Drew.

ponzies86
ponzies86

I guess im the only one in NY who likes this signing..

pochemu
pochemu

@chasesimms  No, I would tell him to swing very hard at every single pitch he sees, and walk around the bases if it clears the fence.


Otherwise, even if it's off the wall, just stand at home plate. He'll get thrown out at first anyway.

pochemu
pochemu

@georgie  Most posters here don't really speak English either.

chasesimms
chasesimms

@georgie Not sure "shame" is the right word, but it is surprising he hasn't picked up more English all these years. 

tommets
tommets

@georgie  If he can win 18 games he can speak gibberish for all I care.

brachial
brachial

I think it's more likely one of the younger guys with multiple years of control gets shipped out for a ss or of. Colon won't get us anything special on the trade market.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@supert  They obviously ran out of money. They had to give extra year to Colon and Grandy to get them but they shot their load. The bank is empty! 

brachial
brachial

Totally agree. Especially when you compare him to the guys who got similar deals. I'd take him over a recovering Hudson, Arroyo, Kazmir, Feldman.

stemog
stemog

@Olerud42 Uh, because he's become a very good pitcher. A solid No. 3 or 4. What's wrong with that?

buddyryan
buddyryan

The signing we need is to sign Queens native Jon Daniels

lindro88
lindro88

I'd like to see Drew here as well, but we don't know if it's nickel and dimming. No other team has signed him yet. It's already mid Feb. Obviously that means he's been looking for more than teams are willing to give him. God forbid the Mets do give him 3 yrs, the board will light up with negative comments anyway. No matter who they sign, or trade for, the reaction is generally negative. On this site.

Joanie Yan
Joanie Yan

@supert I agree. I hate this signing along with the Chris Young signing. They should have given that money to Drew and Cruz and let the young pitchers compete for a rotation spot. The team would have been so much better and the payroll would have been similar. 

lindro88
lindro88

I like the signing. People will bitch about whoever we do sign, and pine away for guys like Nelson Cruz. Then in June when Cruz is hitting .225 with 5 HR, they'll bitch about that.

nolrog
nolrog

@ponzies86  I like the signing, but it's not without risk.  For a team in the position of the Mets, giving a 2 year deal to a 40 year old pitcher is not be the wisest investment (we aren't a Bartolo Colon away from competing, so those starts may have been better going to Montero, Thor or someone like that.  Mets would have been wise to at least set that 2nd year as an option (mutual, team, vesting, but not player) to protect themselves a bit.


Best case, is that he puts up good numbers, and we flip him at the trade deadline for a prospect.  

dreamer3kx
dreamer3kx

@ponzies86  I do, Im not sure if people have watched Colon pitch lately, hes been pretty much a beast, dont let the age fool you.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@brachial  Assuming they have to at minimum keep next years payroll at no more than this year, they are going to have to move somebody just for some salary relief. Colon's 11M next year is a huge nut for them. Gee at probably 5M+ next year isn't going to fetch you a top level SS or OF since he's a back end starter. Niese at 7M next year as a lefty might get you something but you're not going to get anything elite. Plus I'm sure from the Mets perspective they'd rather move Colon just because of his age, PED use and salary. And as much as I'd love to get one of these stud young SS prospects, I don't want to give Syndergaard or Wheeler for them  

supert
supert

@Tarheel11 @supert  I'm sure you're probably correct.  Wish the front office would quit making comments about having $ to spend, if they in fact don't.

lindro88
lindro88

You hate signing an 18 game winner, who has had 3 straight solid years pitching in the AL? Why?

billysuede
billysuede

@Joanie Yan @supert  you have no way of knowing that. you still need to replace harvey for the year and hoping a bunch of rookies suddenly become harvey-like is a recipe for disaster. the guy is essentially a placeholder for harvey. i don't see the downside.


people complaining just to complain...

Rafael Nodarse
Rafael Nodarse

@nolrog  Can you remember a signing without risk? And yes, they can trade him too.

metstastic
metstastic

That would mean it's a guaranteed one year deal. He signed because it was guaranteed 2.

lindro88
lindro88

He was. pitching as well as anyone in baseball until he had a DL stint in August. Then after a few bad starts he finished strong. People don't watch the rest of the league. They are the same people that were ready to storm the managers office because Valdespin didn't play everyday over Byrd.

zoddie
zoddie

Just the haters on this blog don't like it. If the Mets lose out in a bidding war, the Wilpons are cheap. If they win, the Mets are stupid for overpaying.

This is a good signing.

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@supert @Tarheel11  Agreed. It just seems like ownership's desperate fight to try to to appease the fans into thinking they are trying to win. By signing Colon and Grandy and Young they can say look we spent big money when they didnt even spend what fell off. It's about spending just enough to try to not have the fans revolt. But there obviously are serious limitations so it's a losing battle

supert
supert

@Tarheel11 @supert  Or just say they're done spending and be done with it.  Not one day say you're done, and the next day say you still have $ to spend (or something along those lines).

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@supert @Tarheel11  That's what is so annoying. The constant lying. Just come out and say you're broke and your limit is XXX and the fans would handle that better than the games they have played. 

Ken Ralston
Ken Ralston

And they all deny it!!!!!!! TC was threatened for rolling Byrd out there and now all same slobs call us cheap for not signing Byrd. Glad someone remembers.