The Oakland Athletics made their stamp in free agency on Saturday, signing 39-year old starting pitcher, Bartolo Colon to a one-year deal to remain in Oakland. Colon recorded 10 wins for the Athletics last year before his suspension, along with a 3.43 earned run average in 24 starts. He will serve the last five games of his suspension at the beginning of the year, prior to his first start. You can view another angle on the signing by Rant Sports columnist, Matt Keith here.
“When he serves his suspension, he’ll have paid his dues as laid down by the labor agreement,” said Oakland Athletics General Manager, Billy Beane.
“One of the reasons I think we won a lot last year was because of the depth in our rotation, and we’ve still got such a young staff,” said Beane. “Bart was so good for us last year, and given the cost of those type of players, we thought it was the best thing for us next year.”
Colon has spent this winter playing in the Dominican Winter League, recording one win in two games to go with a 2.89 earned run average. He’ll bring a veteran presence that should mix well with the Athletics’ young arms in Oakland’s 2013 starting rotation.
“We liked the way he pitched on the field. We liked his performance on the field. His on-the-field performance is the reason for this decision,” said Beane. “I think he showed how beneficial throwing strikes are. I think that was the best influence he could have had on our young guys.”