RHP Bartolo Colon, who signed a minor league deal with the Twins last week after being released by the Braves, said he was surprised no Mets players reached out to him while he was a free agent.
"I [was] surprised," Colon said through an interpreter on Thursday, according to the NY Post. "I have a lot of friends with the Mets, and none of the players called me to see if I could come back with the Mets."
"The only reason that I [chose] the Twins was because of (Ervin) Santana," Colon said. "He's a close friend, best I have on the team. He talked to [me], and convinced me to go to the Twins."
The Mets, who were reportedly confident Colon would accept any offer they made to rejoin the team, were among three or four teams Colon was considering, according to the NY 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 compiled a 3.90 ERA (3.79 FIP) and 1.22 WHIP with the Mets from 2014 to 2016. He had an 8.14 ERA (5.08 FIP) and 1.77 WHIP in 13 starts this season with Atlanta.
Colon, 44, will earn $12.5 million this season. However, the Braves are responsible for the balance of his remaining salary, which means the Twins 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.''