Colon, 40, was 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts during 190 innings for the A’s last season. He posted a 1.166 WHIP and 141 ERA+. For his 2013 season, Fangraphs valued him at 3.9 WAR, while Baseball Reference tabbed him at 5.0 WAR.
He has started 29, 24 and 30 games during each of the last three seasons. He has a 3.94 ERA and 1.314 WHIP in 405 starts during his career.
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
I’m a fan of this signing. In a perfect world, a one-year contract would get the job done; but it seems like everyone is getting the extra year now, and if Colon pitches decently, he’s a good trade chip to slot back in a healthy Matt Harvey the next season. Yes, he’s old… yes, he’s heavy… but he’s also a good pitcher. His ERA over the last three years is 3.32 and he’s moving into a more pitcher-friendly league. He’ll give the team the league-average innings they need to round out the rotation and offer flexibility as their young pitchers make their way to the big leagues.
Michael Baron, Contributor
I like this deal, although I would have preferred this on a one-year commit. The Mets were looking for someone to provide quality innings and serve as a leader for the young rotation. Colon does both, although it remains to be seen if he can do it for two full seasons.
I was getting worried the Mets would go with only retreads to battle for a rotation spot. However, Colon is a proven veteran who can give them innings. This could be a steal when you look at the money going to starting pitchers this offseason, especially if he can give them anything close to his 2013 production.
Andrew Wharton, Contributor
Like the Granderson signing, this is certainly not perfect and there will be skepticism as to whether Colon can perform at age 41 and 42. However, it’s a deal the Mets really needed to make because of the injury to Harvey, and Colon is a guy who can take the ball at the top of the rotation and go inning-for-inning with anybody in the game because he’s a true competitor. This is a solid move by Sandy.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I like it. Again, the Mets are going to have to overpay a bit to get better players. It is what it is. Matt Harvey will miss all of 2014. Harvey may stumble a bit in 2015, which will be normal in his sophomore season, during which Colon will still be under contract. Harvey will hopefully be 100 percent in 2016, at which point Colon will probably be pitching for a new team (either because he was traded or left as a free agent). He’s a nice bridge to get there… I still expect the Mets to bring in a couple more pitchers on minor-league deals to compete for the back of the rotation.