The New York Mets have agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal for starting pitcher Bartolo Colon.
Andrew Simon of the Mets’ official website wrote more details on Dec. 11 about the team’s latest acquisition.
“The Mets moved to bolster their starting rotation on Wednesday, agreeing to a two-year, $20 million contract with free-agent right-hander Bartolo Colon, according to a source. The contract is pending a physical, and the club did not officially confirm the deal.”
Mike Puma of the New York Post notes the impending signing of Colon comes at a time when the Mets are missing the services of starter Matt Harvey. Puma also says Colon’s deal is pending a physical with the team.
Harvey underwent successful Tommy John elbow surgery on Oct. 22 and is expected to sit out the entire 2014 MLB season, per The New York Daily News’ Kristie Ackert.
With this, the 40-year-old Colon joins a Mets rotation comprised of Jonathan Niese, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee.
For his part, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin spoke with a National League scout who lauded the Mets’ move. The scout quipped,”Excellent signing by the Mets. The Mets have had a productive 72 hours.”
The scout is also referring to the Mets’ Dec. 10 signing of former New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson, who will be paid $60 million over a four-year span. Rubin emphasizes “the Mets have already committed $87.25 million to free-agent contracts this offseason.”
Colon posted an 18-6 record with a 2.65 ERA in 190.3 innings for the Oakland Athletics in 2013, earning him American League All-Star honors and a sixth-place finish in the AL Cy Young race.
He, just like Granderson, is a former Yankee. He suited up for the team in 2011 and finished with an 8-10 record with a 4.00 ERA, according to Puma.
Colon had previously tested positive for elevated testosterone levels in 2012, per CBS San Francisco. His name was included in the Biogenesis of America scandal, where several major leaguers allegedly purchased illegal performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) from Anthony Bosch in Florida.
However, he was neither suspended nor fined by MLB for his involvement in Biogenesis, the CBS report goes on to say.