Former Mets RHP Bartolo Colon signed a minor league deal with the Minnesota Twins.
The Mets were among three or four teams Colon was considering, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman.
After the signing, GM Sandy Alderson said, "We made a strong effort to re-sign Bartolo. But he decided to go elsewhere."
Colon became a free agent on Thursday after being designated for assignment by the Braves last week.
He compiled a 3.90 ERA (3.79 FIP) and 1.22 WHIP with the Mets from 2014 to 2016. He had a 8.14 ERA (5.08 FIP) and 1.77 WHIP in 13 starts this season with Atlanta.
Puma reported earlier this week that the Mets are confident Colon would accept any offer they make to rejoin the team.
Colon, 44, will earn $12.5 million this season. However, the Braves are responsible for the balance of his remaining salary, which means his new team will be required to only pay him a prorated portion of the league minimum.
The Mets discussed the potential of re-signing Colon this past winter, Alderson said at the time. However, because he was confident in his team's depth at starting pitching, and because Colon was looking to make as a many start to try and surpass Juan Marichal's career win total, the two sides were unable to reach agreement on a deal.
"I had the idea that I was probably going to stay with the Mets at the end of the season," Colon told the NY Post earlier this season. "My family is up there, but it's a business, and I had to do what was right for me and my family. This was a business decision. The Mets did a lot for me, it's just one of those things.''