Free-agent RHP Bartolo Colon has agreed to a one-year, $12.5 million deal with the Braves, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Matthew Cerrone: Colon is super talented, entertaining and useful, but I'm OK with not bringing him back, especially at $12 million a year.
First off, I heard he initially wanted less money than $12 million for two years. I bet after weighing the market, and knowing most teams planned to wait before signing second-tier starting pitchers, he wisely took more money for a lesser commitment.
As for Alderson, to top Atlanta, he would have needed to pay more than $12 million. And, that's money the Mets could to improve their bullpen, bench and ability to score runs. The Mets believe they'll finally have Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler all healthy and in the rotation to start next season.
In the event, someone gets hurt, they can be confident Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman can step in, because they did last year. I bet the emergence of Lugo and Gsellman made Colon less valuable to the Mets as insurance for the starting rotation. Again, Alderson has legit holes to fill and spending over $12 million on one guy to build out a strength is not his style...
In regard to Colon, I hope he keeps on doing what he's doing. I appreciate what he did for the Mets and their best young pitchers. He was a brilliant on-field example of how a fastball can be more than just velocity. He's fun for baseball and a good story and I hope he meets all of his career goals.
In August, Colon told reporters that before he retires he wants to reach 243 career wins, which would top Juan Marichal for the most ever by a Dominican-born pitcher in the major leagues.
In 34 appearances (33 starts) this past season for the Mets, he was 15-8 with a 3.43 ERA, ending the year with 233 career wins.