The New York Mets and 40-year old pitcher Bartolo Colon have agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Colon went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in 30 starts with the Oakland Athletics in 2013. Along with these stats, Colon posted a K/9 of 5.5 and a BB/9 of 1.4. His fastball averaged out at 88.8 MPH, and has decreased with age. Although he has been losing velocity, his control has been pinpoint. Over the past two seasons, only Cliff Lee (1.2 BB/9) has a lower BB/9 rate than Colon (1.4 BB/9). His control is what has brought him through these past few seasons.
Colon was suspended for PEDs in his career, but has seemed to put that behind him. After signing with the Cleveland Indians as a free agent in 1993, Colon has faced multiple injuries. However, the last time Colon was on the 60-day disabled list was in 2008 with a back strain. Since then, Colon has been on the 15-day DL five times. Of those five times, he missed the minimum 15-days only twice.
The Mets have been looking to bolster their rotation, and we'll see if Colon is the piece they've been looking for. Over his career, Colon has posted a 3.94 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.