In early-September, Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters he will look to add a reliable, veteran, starting pitcher to his rotation for next season...
"I think if we were able to find a Bartolo Colon-type, who fits in the three-four spot and semi-guarantees 180-200 innings, that would probably be something that would stabilize our rotation," he explained. "So, yes, I think it's something we'll look at."
Colon, who intends to pitch again in 2018, pitched this past season with the Braves and Twins, during which he went 7-14 with a 6.48 ERA in 28 starts. He had an 8.14 ERA in 13 starts with the Braves, and a 5.18 ERA in 15 starts with the Twins after being acquired via trade midseason.
Despite being 44 years old, Colon has made at least 24 starts each of the last seven seasons.
Colon played three seasons with the Mets, winning at least 14 games in each of them. He tied a career-high by pitching in 34 games for the Mets in 2016, when he went 15-8 with a 3.43 ERA and 1.21 WHIP.
Similarly, former 43-year-old RHP R.A. Dickey is also a free agent after having his $8 million option declined by the Braves in early October.
In September, Dickey told reporters he had started thinking about retirement. He has yet to make an official announcement about his plan for 2018.
Free agents Alex Cobb, Lance Lynn, and Jason Vargas will likely also be considered by teams interested in signing Dickey and Colon.
Nov. 8, 2017: I don't know if it was due to his age, mileage, or pitching for the Braves and not the Mets. But, whatever it was, Colon clearly lost a step in 2017. At no point did he look like the pitcher he had been the previous three seasons in New York. That said, he did manage to again make 28 starts. So, if he thinks he has one more year in the tank, and if Alderson and Mickey Callaway think a return to Citi Field will help him, the Mets should absolutely consider a reunion with Big Sexy.
Sept. 26, 2017: For all the love he gets for the knuckleball, Dickey's real value may be his durability. Despite being 43 years old, he has made at least 26 starts and thrown 170 innings in each of his past seven seasons. He's also one of only six pitchers to post double-digit wins in each of the past six years. ... It's also worth noting that Dickey and Callaway were teammates for two seasons in Texas, just before Callaway retired and transitioned in to being a coach. I'm pretty certain they also spent time together in the minor leagues and during rehab assignments, which would also be about the time Texas encouraged R.A. to focus his entire career around the knuckleball.
Dickey has said that - if he pitches and doesn't retire - he'd like to land in a city close to his home in Nashville. The Reds and Cardinals are the only teams within a reasonable distance to Tenn., after which Chicago, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C., and Detroit are the next closest cities.