Bartolo Colon, who signed a one year deal worth $12.5 million with the Braves this offseason, initially thought he was going to return to the Mets for 2017.
"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 through an interpreter. "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,'' Colon added. "It's just one of those things.''
Colon, who turns 44 years old in May, had a 3.43 ERA (3.99 FIP) and 1.21 WHIP in 191 2/3 innings (33 starts, one relief apperance) last season for the Mets.
In three years with the Mets, Colon had a 3.90 ERA (3.79 FIP) and 1.22 WHIP in in 588 2/3 innings (95 starts, three relief appearances).
The Mets are expected to start the regular season with a starting rotation of Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, and one of Robert Gsellman, Zack Wheeler, or Seth Lugo.