The Mets had a handful of decisions to make this off-season, and bringing back Bartolo Colon was no-brainer. Sure, he’s 42, but he also won 14 games, made 31 starts and pitched strong in the playoffs. He won’t make 30 starts in 2016, but even so it is worth it to give him $7.25 million for next year.
The money is worth it for a lot of reasons:
* He’ll be a reliable stop-gap as the fifth starter to replace Jon Niese until Zack Wheeler is brought up in late June or July. And, if for some reason Wheeler’s return is delayed Colon can always go back into the relation.
* Colon’s work in the bullpen in the playoffs proved valuable and gives the Mets a reliable option as a long reliever.
* And finally, if he does well until Wheeler comes back, he might be attractive to a contender at the trade deadline. You never know.
The $7.25 million the Mets will give him will be a bargain if he gives him a year they are hoping for.