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The New York Mets have come to terms on a contract with veteran starting pitcher, Bartolo Colon. The deal is for 2 years and is worth $20 million according to multiple reports.
Colon had one of the best years of his career in 2013. He had an 18-6 record with a 2.65 ERA for the Oakland Athletics. He also led the A’s to the postseason.
The Mets Front Office said they were going to spend this offseason and that is exactly what they did. They had to overpay for Colon, but they feel it was worth it. Colon does come with some baggage. He is 40 years old and his weight can be an issue. He also was suspended 50 games for PED use; however, the Mets think the positives outweigh the negatives.
The Mets made a risky move that could pay off in the end. He will be a great veteran presence for the younger pitchers in the staff. With Matt Harvey out for all of the 2014 season, Colon will be a bridge until Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard are ready. He also brings that winning mentality with his playoff experience.
The Mets have made some good moves this offseason and it looks like the light is at the end of the tunnel, but we have to wait and see.
Notes: Bartolo Colon’s Career Stats- 189W-128L, 3.94 ERA. In 2011, Colon played for the New York Yankees going 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA.