In a rather shocking development, the Oakland Athletics have signed RHP Bartolo Colon to a one-year deal.
Colon, of course, was suspended by MLB in the middle of last season for taking a perfoming-enhancing substance. He had a 10-9 record with a 3.43 ERA for the A’s in 24 starts, and was a solid veteran presence on the mound and in the clubhouse.
He is currently pitching in the Dominican Winter League, where he is 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA. Colon still has five games left on his 50-game suspension, which began on August 22nd of this year.
Sources say that he will have a $3 million base salary and a good incentive package.
A’s GM Billy Beane made some comments about Colon (via Jane Lee on Twitter):
When he serves his suspension, he’ll have payed his dues as laid down by the labor agreement…One of the reasons I think we won a lot last year was because of the depth in our rotation…We liked the way he pitched on the field. His on-the-field performance is the reason for this decision.
The 15-year veteran has played for eight different teams, and the 2013 season will be his second with the A’s. He won the AL Cy Young Award in 2005 when he posted a 21-8 record with a 3.48 ERA.