The New York Mets have re-signed starting pitcher Bartolo Colon to a one-year deal worth $7.25M, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Sources: #Mets in agreement with Bartolo Colon on one-year, $7.25M contract, pending physical. Initial reports of deal came from DR.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 16, 2015
The Mets needed to fill the spot of the fifth starter, until Zack Wheeler made his comeback around the All-Star break. Colon, 42, finished this past season with 14 wins. Mets manager, Terry Collins has expressed his interest in bringing “big sexy” back to Queens. Colon is a great clubhouse guy and a perfect veteran to have around the group of young talented starting pitchers. There never should have been much doubt that he would be back with the Mets.
In two years with the Mets, Colon is 29-26 with a 4.13 ERA in 64 games and 397.0 innings. For his career, Colon has won 218 games, has been an All-Star three times, and won the American League Cy Young in 2005. After missing the entire 2010 season, and appearing to be nearly done as a serviceable big-league starter, Colon has rebounded nicely. He remains effective, even at 42 years of age thanks to his ability to throw strikes and change speeds on his assorted arsenal of fastballs and breaking pitches. Colon is the active league leader for wins and shutouts.
According to other reports, Colon had better offers from other clubs, but Colon loves the organization and wanted to finish, his soon-to-be-19-year career out in the Big Apple. He will likely finish out his career as a swingman between the rotation and bullpen.