As reported by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, ageless starting pitcher Bartolo Colon is returning to the New York Mets, on a one-year deal. CBS’ Jon Heyman adds that Colon took the Mets’ offer even though he could have pursued more money elsewhere.
While 43-year-old pitchers usually spend their offseasons playing golf after having long been retired, Colon’s career has defied so many conventions up until now that nothing about his future feels surprising. For instance, Colon has been on the All-Star Team exactly once across the three decades he’s been in the professional game: in 1998 with the Cleveland Indians, in 2005 with the Los Angeles Angels, and in 2013 with the Oakland A’s. Colon has appeared in at lest 150 innings in each of the last five seasons, with a FIP better than 4.00 in each of those seasons as well. In 2015, Colon led the league in walks per inning and made his first career appearance in the World Series.
The Mets have only made small adjustments to the team that won last year’s National League pennant. Colon stands to be the fourth-highest-paid player on the Mets next year, at $7.25 million. David Wright ($20 million), Curtis Granderson ($16 million), and free agent signee Asdrubal Cabrera ($8.25 million) will all earn more.