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Mets sign Bartolo Colon to two-year deal

The Mets will sign Bartolo Colon to a two-year, $20 million deal (RosenthalHeyman, Martino on SNY).

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.

Vinny Cartiglia

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.

1243 comments
Mun Scun
Mun Scun

Y do we keep signin ex- Yankees

nicktheman7
nicktheman7

it was a good signing by the mets he will help the team. but to much money they gave him and he will be bad in his second year so if they got him for cheaper it would be a steel but still a good move to help the rotation.

Christopher Cleveland
Christopher Cleveland

This was dumber than all the rest Joe Jarosz...dude was on the juice, only reason he all of a sudden turned his career around at 39! But hey, we just stopped paying Bobby Bonilla and Mo Vaughn why not blow some $$ smfh

Frank Monteleone
Frank Monteleone

He's like 40 years old, but still an ace. I think he will help therm. Lets go Mets! (and Rays)

Joe Jarosz
Joe Jarosz

Christopher Cleveland. And you were choppin on the Yanks for Ellsbury ..oof

Carmen Driggs
Carmen Driggs

$10M a year at 40, (without Platano Juice), good luck Met fans.

Daniel Morales
Daniel Morales

Bad signing....how can u guys think colon is going to replicate last season at his age? Furthermore, before last season he sucked and already got suspended 50 games for PEDs. So he's one failed drug test away from 100 game suspension, why would u take risk on a player like that? It makes no sense, Alderson is a fool!!!!

Ralfy Capone
Ralfy Capone

this off season pitchers were overpaid. 2 years at 20 mil is a steal for someone who went 18-6 in the A.L. He should match those numbers in the weak N.L.

Alex Gandelman
Alex Gandelman

I hear part of Colon's deal is unlimited Shake Skack burgers.

Ana Rivera
Ana Rivera

I liked his numbers last year, PED or not, but let's see what he brings to the Mets.

Dylan Thompson
Dylan Thompson

^ thats why they only gave him 2 years honestly i like the singing based on his numbers from last year colon has always been an above average pitcher but 10 million a year is really fluffed i think lets see how he performs in ny.

Max Meyer
Max Meyer

I know a high risk low reward signing when I see one. If Alderson has so little money to work with and so little room for error, why would you do something so reckless?

Sean Matrai
Sean Matrai

2002 has called ,and wants its trade back

Mike Nelly Briganti
Mike Nelly Briganti

Once again my desperate NY Mets overpay and add extra year to 40 yr old player banking on he can reproduce 2013! Seriously, keep listening to dumb fans and spending frivolously. Go Mets 2015 :-( I wanted Arroyo...

Seth Parker
Seth Parker

You gotta believe,it might turn out ok

Steven Panzella
Steven Panzella

I have a hard time trusting a overweight 40 year old who threw his fastball almost 86% of the time last year. I understand you can't argue with his past success but how long is it sustainable for? I'm not totally against this move but it worries me.

Demian Pallitto
Demian Pallitto

Every one will eat their words when he wins 15 games or more the next season.. Harvey is a lock anymore with his injury.

Pauline Yan
Pauline Yan

I guess using PEDs gets you a bigger salary. Shameful

Gary Sullivan
Gary Sullivan

stats don't mean a thing once you come to play for the Mets...probably earn 1 million a win this year...10-8 record

Alex Rivera
Alex Rivera

I truly believe it is a good deal signing colon but why not give Johan Santana a shot also. Hate to see him go prosper elsewhere when he has really addressed wanting to play for the Mets again.

Dee White
Dee White

Wow...all of a sudden there's a ton of money being spent on guys in the wrong side of 30 and now 40

Joan Friedland
Joan Friedland

This has disaster written all over it. Why did the Mets sign him? Because nobody else wanted him, that's why. Can't wait to see what else they do..................

John Harley
John Harley

A has been I don't know Met's do some crazy things

Tyrone Agard
Tyrone Agard

what about a 3 team trade, Mets trade Noah syndergaard and ike davis to the Rays, the Rays trade David Price to the Dodgers, the Dodgers trade Seager to the Rays and Matt Kemp plus $20 million to the Mets

John Vastola
John Vastola

This is good. He doesn't give up a lot of walks and is durable. No DH in NL should help him. Also fills LeTroy Hawkins role as far as helping the young pitchers on the staff. Does he get the start on opening day?

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Just figured I'd point this out about Bartolo Colon:


I figured that, as a guy who primary throws 2-seam fastballs that he tries to throw at lefties' hips or jam righties, that the low walk numbers would be misleading. I assumed that, like Dillon Gee, he would hit a significant number of batters that would offset such stellar walk numbers.

Zero hit batsmen in 2013 for Colon. ZERO. Oh, and to the naysayers who complain that he's a guy who doesn't touch 90 mph? I went and looked through a bunch of his games last year, especially late in the season. He was consistently 90-93, touching 94-95 fairly routinely. He will pitch very well for the Mets. I'm not expecting mid-2 ERA, but even if he is in the lower 3-range, that is an ace, and he gave no reason to suggest he can't replicate his success, especially getting away from Texas, Anaheim and the rest of the AL, even though he dominated. I think he'll cruise through the Marlins and Nationals, the Phillies and their experience will probably allow them to find limited success, and I would expect it to be an up-and-down against the Braves- sometimes he'll dominate, sometimes the Braves will get to him. I'm just going based off of batting style. Marlins and Nationals are patient teams that like breaking balls, the Phillies are older but can adjust, and the Braves love to hit the fastball, although they are a patient team as well that swings and misses A LOT. But guys like Gattis and Uggla will each hit a couple of homers off him, most likely, even if Uggla stinks.

Matt Quackenbush
Matt Quackenbush

I will be surprized if he pitches 30 games why 2 years he's 40 plus already had PED issues

Al Liebson
Al Liebson

And why in god's name would Alderson be so moronic as to sign Drew instead of trading for Gregorius? Getting Dustin Ackley or Nick Franklin, on the other hand, would be great. I really hate Alderson and the entire Mets front office.

Al Liebson
Al Liebson

Can't this stinking Alderson do ANYTHING right? Zack Wheeler-- that's about it.

Bob Florio
Bob Florio

good signing or bad signing....they seem to break down when they become NY Met pitchers.

gothamsane
gothamsane

Mets would have preferred Hughes or Bronson if they took two years...

This was only innings eater to take two as a bridge, Santana is taking his time, maxing his choices, turned off the Mets, Sandy wanted to leave Vegas with a fourth starter, Pelfrey was not an exciting reunion for a man who may be better off near his home vs Queens...

I know Bruce Chen has stayed buoyant over the years I do not know what Mets were thinking but Kasmir was not a play either ...

Four x Mets ... Pitcher friendly park...

But Colon is more high profile, artsy performer ...

Never Sandy's first choice...

Let us make due and focus on solidifying infield and pen ...

Thinks could be worse and even with $200 payroll And the prospects what could we have done?

Overpay?

I was surprised at Jacoby's very high WAR...

Yankees big on Sabermetrics?

Sean Matrai
Sean Matrai

@Steven Panzella He throws it for strikes though,and does it consistently.He can,and generally gets it into the mid 90s