Mets Add Bartolo Colon

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Who knew? The New York Mets were straight with us when they said they weren’t finished as they announced the signing of Bartolo Colon today to a two-year, $20-million contract.

Just like that, the Mets addressed a massive hole in their rotation. Should the 40-year-old Colon pitch anything like he did last year with Oakland, the Mets all of a sudden must be elevated to at least wild-card contender status.

COLON: Important signing.

COLON: Important signing.

Seriously, they’ve added enough, and if their existing talent improves, the Mets can realistically be expected to be better. They didn’t add young, vibrant expensive names, but added enough talent to where they should be taken seriously.

They aren’t on a par with Washington and Atlanta for the NL East Division lead, but the additions of Curtis Granderson and Colon should be worth at least seven more victories this season, and perhaps more when Matt Harvey returns in 2015.

The Mets won 74 games last year, and reaching .500 would take at least one more victory a month, which is entirely doable. With two wild card slots, .500 or slightly better will make October possible.

Colon’s age is somewhat of a gamble, because, after all, how long can he go? Even so, he’s been an innings-eater, which is exactly what the Mets need. Colon was second in the AL in ERA at 2.65 and finished sixth in the Cy Young balloting.

The Mets’ rotation now consists of Colon, Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee. Each comes with questions:

* Colon: He can’t last forever, but has showed no signs of breaking down.

* Niese: He’s coming off shoulder surgery and has an injury history in his short career.

* Wheeler: Manager Terry Collins said Wheeler could be capable of 200 innings. That’s a little ambitious considering the leash Harvey was on last year, but if he develops as hoped the Mets will have something special.

* Gee: Pitched 199 innings last year. Can he do it again? Gee is underrated, but a valuable commodity.

Colon brings a lot to the table, including a calming, veteran presence that can only benefit Wheeler and Harvey next season.

What he also does is buy time until Noah Syndergaard is ready. The Mets still need a fifth starter, which could be Jenrry Mejia if he’s healthy, or they could force-feed Rafael Montero.

In another development, Seattle signed Corey Hart away from Milwaukee, which leaves the Brewers needing a first baseman. Yes, the Brewers have been linked to Ike Davis, but word is they want to make a run at Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney.

Tampa Bay, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Baltimore are all in the market for first basemen.

I don’t expect the Mets to deal Davis by the end of the week, but then again, nobody anticipated them landing a name starter this week.

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8 thoughts on “Mets Add Bartolo Colon

  1. History suggests he won’t pitch 265 or hit 200 innings, but this is a good signing. We needed a pitcher and I am shocked we got someone who wasn’t terrible.

    I don’t think a 230 hitter will make this team better, but I hope you are right.

    • dave: Colon will give innings, many of them quality. … Thinking mostly of Granderson’s power potential. He’ll hit a lot of doubles at Citi Field.-JD

  2. When you look around baseball and how much other players are getting, it seems to me that Alderson has gotten good value. I see that Haren got $10 million a season, and I compare that to Colon and all I can think is which one feels like a surer thing going into next season. It isn’t Haren.

    Same with Granderson. I know he only makes $13 million in 2014, but I think of it as $15 million since that is the average over the deal. Even at $15 million, he certainly isn’t being overpaid by the standards of the rest of the market. Especially considering he can play center field. The Mets may not use him that way, but it does add to his market value.

    The deal Young got seemed like a lot of money for somebody who has been so inconsistent. But since then there has been a lot of money handed out around baseball, and it doesn’t seem like a bad value at this point.

    A 2-year deal is not a big deal if things don’t work out as planned. Look at some of these long-term deals going down and imagine how much that is gonna suck for those teams if the player gets a chronic injury the second year of the deal, or their skills just go into a steady decline. It is going to be a long haul for those teams.

    • Mackey: Alderson said Mets had to adjust to “robust” market and they did that. … Of the three, I like the Young deal least. They could have done better. Maybe they were hoping to catch lightning in a bottle.-JD

    • Somehow I don’t think $15m for a player who will hit maybe 230 and strike out 200 times with declining defense is a great deal. I would think a player like that would get no more than $8m but I’m not paying the bills.

  3. Mets need to make a move at shortstop for a STARTING, not BACKUP, shortstop. Tejada is not it.