Throw out the fact that starting pitcher Bartolo Colon is 40 years old because the guy doesn’t pitch like it. Nobody thought his agent, Adam Katz, would be able to pull off a two-year deal for the right-hander. The New York Mets, who inked Colon to the $20 million on the third day of the 2013 Winter Meetings, will certainly not regret their decision.
New York has made it their mission this offseason to improve several areas of the ball club. One of the biggest areas that needed to be fixed was the starting rotation. Even though it could still use some work, the addition of Colon will do wonders for the starting five. His veteran presence alone will have a huge impact. More importantly, his impressive earned run average and ability to eat up innings when healthy are the two big reasons he was signed.
It will be interesting to see if Colon will be able to maintain his 2.65 ERA from 2013 after he leaves the friendly confides of the Oakland Coliseum. There’s no question Citi Field is considered a pitcher’s park. With that being said, it sees its fair share of balls get crushed over the fence. The fact that Colon has been known to give up a decent amount of home runs per season has to be a little bit of a concern. Not to mention, his strikeout rate has dropped off.
The good news is Colon has the capability to give the Mets the edge they need every fifth day. Obviously, $10 million per season is a bit expensive and could definitely come back to haunt the organization. However, New York needed to inject some excitement, which is exactly what this signing does.