The Mets would like to bring back Bartolo Colon, who enjoys pitching for the Mets, sources recently told ESPN.com's Buster Olney. However, I've heard Colon is looking for a two-year deal, and the Mets prefer to give him one.
At 44 years old, he should probably expect around $10 million a season. I could see the Mets hitting this number and eventually going beyond one year to keep him, but it's not Sandy Alderson's style to do this without gauging the rest of the market...
Bartolo Colon pitching for the Mets (Credit: USA Today Images).
Obviously, the Mets value him, and Colon clearly loves it here - and it's not like he's going to get a crazy, mega-deal on the open market. My hunch is the two sides eventually agree to a one-year, $10-12 million deal with a vesting option (and buyout) for 2018. But, like most things Mets, I think it will take time for this to play out...
"He's been the mainstay," Mets manager Terry Collins said about Colon after his final start of the season. "He's the guy that every fifth day takes the baseball. We don't have to worry about pitch counts, we don't have to worry about innings, he just goes out there and does it. He's had two starts where our bullpen was tired and we needed him to get deep in the game, and you looked up and he was in the eighth inning. He's been a tremendous addition to the staff."
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.
"He's been great, really great," GM Sandy Alderson said at the end of the season, according to the Daily News. "He's given us what we asked of him on the field, but what he does off the field has had a huge impact too."
Bartolo Colon deserves Gold Glove
Maggie Wiggin, MetsBlog.com
Colon has a Cy Young Award in his trophy case, and while he won't be adding a Silver Slugger to his collection any time soon, he's lined up to snag his first Gold Glove award this season. He may not look the part of the defensive wiz, but he has established himself as one of the most consistent and effective fielders at his position by any number of measures that appeal to award voters >> Read more from Sept. 21.