Update: December 12, 2013 7:15 A.M.
On the plus side, we needed a starter, a real starter. Did we get one, I’m not so sure. I see those 2013 numbers, but I also see the age. Can Colon defy the latter for even one more year? That will be the big question. But all signings include risk, and this is not a seven year commitment. Bartolo was an Orlando Hernandez signing, two years for an old guy hoping for one good one, signed at the 2013 rate for such players.
The difference, for me, is that when we signed El Duque we had a much larger operating budget (way more when you consider relative salaries of players) and a better overall roster in place. I wonder, is this a luxury we can afford? But I do not want to sound too negative, as with the Granderson signing, I am mostly happy to see the team back in business.
It is also an ego boost to have a guy on the team that is is worse shape than I am.
Original Post: December 11, 2013 7:30 P.M.
Knock me down with a feather, I did not see this one coming.
In fact, full of snark, I wrote just yesterday:
* Pretty sure Bartolo Colon’s agent laughed the Mets brass out of the room — but not before they stuffed their jacket pockets with free croissants. Score!
So, there you have it.
Baseball wins again: I’m an idiot!
I watched, read everything, and believed that Sandy didn’t have the resources, or the will, to go beyond a year. I figured he would fill in, go an entirely different way.
And I was massively wrong.
This is exciting.
Some quick takes:
“Perfect transitional starter into Harvey and Thor in 2015.”
“Colon, who is listed at 5 feet 11 inches and 265 pounds, and will have to pass a physical before the transaction is official.”
“Excellent signing by the Mets,” one NL scout told ESPNNewYork.com. “The Mets have had a productive 72 hours. Wheeler, Niese, Colon, Gee and darkhorse Montero. I would take my chances with that rotation!”
“I like it.”
“If Colon can come close to repeating what he did the last two years, this deal will be a home run for Sandy Alderson. It’s probably a good deal if he can just match what he did in 2013 over the next two seasons.
It’s hard not to be impressed with the season Colon produced in 2013. It’s easy to see the upside that this contract offers. Still, it remains a gamble and one that I probably would not have made. It will be curious if this represents the end of moves by the Mets or if they will be able to add a shortstop before the start of Spring Training.”
“The 40-year old got his two year deal which many thought he wouldn’t get. Surprised it came from Sandy who said he wasn’t looking to hand out a multi-year deal for any pitcher just yesterday. I would have preferred a one-year deal on the veteran right-hander. Colon does give the Mets the innings eater they were looking for although he last tossed 200 innings in 2005.”
SO WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK?
WE LOOK FORWARD TO READING YOUR COMMENTS.
As for me, still a little stunned. There’s risk here, of course, but nothing comes without it. I’m grateful for the effort, and hopeful of the result. Good work, Sandy Alderson, for moving beyond your comfort zone. I guess the Mets got their innings eater, plus. Those innings don’t stand a chance.
Is this the best way to spend that money? Honestly, haven’t wrapped my mind around that yet. Mets needed a starting pitcher, badly, and I was mentally prepared to see a weak prospect from My Little Sisters of the Poor. This beats that by a mile. Add Montero to this rotation and it’s not at all bad. Imagine that!
And, yes, I do look forward to seeing Bartolo run the bases.