Citi Field’s love affair with Bartolo Colon is coming to an end with the news Friday morning that the 43-year-old has agreed to a free-agent deal with the Atlanta Braves.
The one-year contract is worth $12.5 million, the Daily News confirmed, and is pending Colon passing a physical exam.
Colon provided the Mets with rotation depth last season and turned into a vital starter when the club was hit by pitching injuries. He went 15-8 with a 3.43 ERA and was an All-Star. He even got better at hitting — his at-bats were previously comic relief, but he blasted his first career homer last year, creating an indelible Met moment.
Colon was 44-34 in three seasons as a Met with a 3.90 ERA. The club had some interest in retaining him, but it was unlikely there’d be a match — Colon seemed more like a luxury this year with their starters returning in addition to the emergence of youngsters Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo last year.
On May 7, Bartolo Colon hits a homer against the Padres.
(Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
Overall in his career, Colon is 233-162 with a 3.93 ERA.
He’s the second ex-Met the Braves have added in the past two days — they signed free agent R.A. Dickey on Thursday. Who’s next, Jon Niese?
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News