The New York Mets have reportedly agreed to terms with free-agent right-hander Bartolo Colon on a two-year, $20 million deal.
Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported the deal via Twitter:
Sources: #Mets, Colon in agreement on two-year, $20M deal, pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2013
CBSSports.com confirmed the deal, which is contingent upon a physical.
Colon had a solid season for the Oakland Athletics last year, going 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA and 1.166 WHIP in 190.1 innings and 30 starts. That followed a 10-9 campaign in 2012 with a 3.43 ERA and 1.208 WHIP in 24 starts and 152.1 innings.
Colon’s 2012 season was cut short by a 50-game suspension following a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.
That means it will be interesting to see what sort of reaction Colon’s deal elicits from his peers. When Jhonny Peralta signed with the St. Louis Cardinals last month for four years and $52 million, some players were vocal about the perception that Peralta was able to cash in after cheating.
Colon’s deal seems a bit much on the surface. Yes, he was great last year but he’s also going to be 41 years old before Memorial Day.
By contrast, the A’s added lefty Scott Kazmir to the rotation for the same number of years and an additional $2 million over the life of the deal and he’s almost 11 years younger—Kazmir turns 30 on Jan. 24.