Report: Mets agree to deal with pitcher Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon
Bartolo Colon will help to fill a rotation gap left by the injured Matt Harvey.
Credit: Getty Images

Mets fans were not going to be happy if Curtis Granderson was their only addition this offseason. We’ll have to wait and see how they feel about a 40-year-old pitcher with a steroid past.

CBS Sports reported Wednesday night the team agreed to terms with former Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon for two years and $20 million.

Colon has also spent time with the Indians, Expos, White Sox, Angels, Red Sox and crosstown-rival Yankees in his 16-year career.

The Mets are down a key starter in their rotation for the entire 2014 season with Matt Harvey undergoing Tommy John surgery this offseason. The rotation consists of Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee for certain.

Colon established himself as a star with the Indians at the beginning of his career and broke out further with Anaheim from 2004 to 2007. He won the Cy Young Award in 2005 with a 21-8 season with a 3.48 ERA and 157 strikeouts in 222 2/3 innings.

But years of high-innings totals resulted in serious shoulder injuries for Colon.

An experimental stem cell surgery, not legal in the United States but not against the rules of MLB, he underwent in his native Dominican Republic resurrected his career in 2011 with the Yankees. He did not play at all in 2010 and made just 37 total starts the four years prior.

But he was 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA in 164 1/3 innings with the Yankees, leading to consecutive one-year deals from Oakland. He performed at a very high level for the Athletics, going a combined 28-15 with a 2.99 ERA and finishing sixth in AL Cy Young voting last season.

Those numbers come despite missing 50 games due to a ban for performance-enhancing drugs. It was announced Aug. 22, 2012, Colon had failed a test for elevated levels of testosterone. It later came out that Colon was involved with Biogenesis, the Miami-area clinic which also resulted in the suspensions of Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez and others. Rodriguez continues to fight that suspension.

Colon did not receive a second suspension.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

OkCupid admits to Facebook-style experimenting on customers

By Sarah McBrideSAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - OkCupid, a top U.S. matchmaking website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said on…

Local

MTA fares still increasing 4 percent in newly…

The agency said the 4 percent increases, previously announced in December, will remain steady even as the MTA deals with increasing labor costs.

Local

De Blasio, Bratton defend city's efforts after Eric…

Mayor Bill de Blasio justified the city's response to the death of Eric Garner, a Staten Island man who died while in police custody earlier this month.

National

PHOTO: New Zealand Heral uses wrong image to…

The New Zealand Herald made a terrible mistake of using the wrong image to illustrate the tragic death of Staff Sergeant Guy Boyland – a New Zealand-born Israeli soldier who…

Movies

Interview: Brendan Gleeson on the way 'Calvary' depicts…

Brendan Gleeson talks about how his new film "Calvary" began over drinks and how his character here is the opposite of the lead in "The Guard."

Movies

'Get on Up' producer Mick Jagger on the…

Mick Jagger, a producer on the James Brown biopic "Get on Up," talks about the time had to tell the singer some bad news and his favorite JB record.

Television

'Glee' star Lea Michele to appear on 'Sons…

"Glee" star Lea Michele has been confirmed as a guest star in the final season of "Sons of Anarchy."

Television

TV watch list, Monday, July 28: 'The Bachelorette'…

See Andi Dorfman make her big choice on tonight's 'Bachelorette' finale.

NFL

Larry Donnell has inside track in Giants tight…

Little-known Larry Donnell of Grambling State currently has the inside track, as the second-year player has received the bulk of the first-team reps.

NFL

Computer to Jets: Start Michael Vick over Geno…

Jets general manager John Idzik says the choice of who starts between second-year quarterback Geno Smith and veteran Michael Vick will be a “Jets decision.”

MLB

Yankees looking to trade for Josh Willingham: Report

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Sunday the Yankees are interested in Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.

MLB

Joe Torre: I'm in Hall of Fame because…

Joe Torre spent 18 years putting together a near Hall of Fame career as a player. But it was the 12 years he spent as…

Travel

Glasgow: Hey, hey, the gangs aren't here

This European city has done a good job getting rid of its more violent residents and revitalizing with artists.

Education

Babson College tops list of best colleges for…

Money magazine has just released its inaugural list of "The Best Colleges for Your Money" -- and the answers have surprised many. Babson College, which…

Education

NYC teens learn how to develop apps during…

Through a program sponsored by CampInteractive, the high schoolers designed their own community-focused apps.

Tech

The Ministry of Silly Walks app is both…

Monty Python have dug into their back catalogue for cash-ins once more, but with the Ministry of Silly Walks app, they've made something that's fun too.