How Serious is New York Mets’ Pursuit of Bartolo Colon?

By Michael Terrill
How Serious is New York Mets’ Pursuit of Bartolo Colon
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The New York Mets held a meeting with Adam Katz, the agent of Bartolo Colon, on the first day of the 2013 Winter Meetings. However, a meeting doesn’t necessarily mean the Mets will sign the starting pitcher. At this point, how serious is New York’s pursuit of Colon?

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News doesn’t want Mets fans to get their hopes up in regards to the veteran as he tweeted Colon is simply “too pricey.”

Even though the 40-year-old posted an incredible 18-6 record, 2.65 earned run average and 117 strikeouts in 30 starts last season with the Oakland Athletics, I still feel New York should stay away from him. The fact is the Mets know what it’s like to invest a lot of money into a starting pitcher and not have it pan out. Considering Colon is about as old as starters get in the big leagues, he simply is not worth the risk, especially when he’s demanding a decent amount of money.

On the other hand, it wouldn’t be the worst idea for the Mets to stay in touch just in case Colon finds out that his contract demands are not met elsewhere. A one-year deal is definitely worth the risk for someone who could easily be the best starter on staff for New York next season. However, anything more than that and the Mets should simply look elsewhere to bolster their ailing rotation.

It will be interesting to see how New York decides to spend their precious time over the next few days as several positions on the roster need upgrades.

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