WOW: Mets Sign Bartolo Colon, 2 Years, $20 Million

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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:

Mack Ade, Mack’s Mets:

“Perfect transitional starter into Harvey and Thor in 2015.”

Jay Schreiber, NY Times:

“Colon, who is listed at 5 feet 11 inches and 265 pounds, and will have to pass a physical before the transaction is official.”

Via Adam Rubin, ESPN:

“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!”

Matt Cerrone, Metsblog:

“I like it.”

Joe Vasile, Mets360:

“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.”

Clayton Collier, Metsmerized:

“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.

 

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12 comments

  1. Alan K. says:

    I didn’t realize that Colon pitched to a 2.65 ERA with 5.5 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 in 30 starts last season. That’s outstanding especially pitching in the AL. One year obviously would have been preferable, but the rotation is clearly better. It would be even better if the Mets could find a way to sign Drew, but that’s probably a long shot.

  2. Patrick Boegel says:

    My biggest concern is that by misjudgment of the market early they backed into a tolerable but far less beneficial pact. Colon with be 41 by Memorial Day. That is disconcerting.

    Though it is clear their preferences to play that Super 2 game. Such is life.

    Big issue for Bartolo is stamina. Did he burn it last year or is there more in the tank. If he can give the Mets 200 innings will be solid bridge.

    • I’m looking at 150 quality innings as acceptable. Sort of Orlando Hernandez, ages 40 and 41, 2006 and 2007 seasons. All the good things that came from those two seasons, and some of the bad, too. When I think we were looking at potentially Jake DeGrom getting those starts, I’m pretty pleased. Is giving Kazmir essentially the same contract any less of a risk? Phil Hughes, 3/$24?

      Now: Bring up Montero and going Super 2 with Syndergaard, who has not thrown a single AAA inning, sounds reasonable.

      Also: Liked Sandy’s tough talk regarding Davis, “Let me be clear: We are not in the business of giving players away.” [Sic, not an exact quote.]

      • Patrick Boegel says:

        I’d always just bet on the younger arm attached to a trimmer body.

        But they had to get a real pitcher.

        My instinct is one good year and one terrible will be better than any Arroyo.

        I also assume that Colon was not costing a draft slot and it’s cash.

  3. Eraff says:

    I don’t understand any of it….and THAT probably means it’ll work out right

  4. Michael Geus says:

    Clincher, as I understand it, is Bartolo has always wanted to pitch for the “True NY baseball fans.”

  5. RAFF says:

    I’m sipping a little of that Dominican “Platelet-Rich-Plasma” in celebration of the Bartolo Colon Signing- All perfectly legal, here in New Hampshire. It’s always been my observation that if you show me a Fat Major League Pitcher, he’s a pretty good Pitcher. This is especially true before they’re 30 and after they’re 40. Colon has good stuff, and he knows how to Pitch. I also think this is positive news, regarding the whole “Super-2″ issue. It wouldn’t make much sense to hand a guy $10million per year just to delay the arbitration-clock on a young arm.

    • Patrick Boegel says:

      Yer sippin’ something, 4:49am!!!

      I have to believe regarding Super Twoday, that the Mets plan with Colon in the fold would ideally work out something like this.

      Niese stays healthy.
      Wheeler stays healthy.
      Gee stays healthy.
      Colon at the trough.
      Dice or Harang or other friend of Father Time.

      Montero, if not dealt, first to the call once elections are complete in early June.

      Syndergaard, banishment to Las Vegas. The place where you send all 21 year old men to stay out of trouble and work on their pitching.

      If I were Dillon Gee, I might not necessarily get a mortgage this year in New York.

      Still, if the Mets could somehow find a competent leadoff hitter that plays, I don’t know shortstop, they could have an outside shot at being interesting some of the summer. But, those guys don’t grow on trees and if you had one in your organization you try to retain them, or get value back or…

  6. RAFF says:

    The leadoff spot is tough, no matter where the Mets turn and no matter whether they trade or stand pat until the season starts. Eric Young? He’s a little short on OBP. Moreover- He’s about 100Pts short of OPS for a starting 2nd baseman on a winning team, and he’s about 200Pts short of what I want from a corner outfield bat on a winning team. This is why I cannot see: 1) trading Murphy to plug Young into that 2nd base slot or 2) Placing Young in the outfield. I love him as a ballplayer- But he’s not a long term solution to ANYTHING as a starter. Perhaps the thinking is to Trade Murph, then work Flores into the mix- But again – this doesn’t address leadoff bat permanently. I suppose in the best of worlds- Lagares would turn into that High Leather High OBP Centerfielder that Citi Field by it’s design screams out for..

  7. RAFF says:

    I like ‘yer thinking, Skipper. You’ve already got Drew Penciled in. ;-)

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