Former CY Young Winner Bartolo Colon Signs with the Boston Red Sox

chris hurstCorrespondent IFebruary 25, 2008

Bartolo Colon, 34, has just been offered a minor-league contract with the Boston Red Sox. 

However, Colon has been invited to join the Major League spring-training session, and is to report on Tuesday.

To me, I think this was a smart move on the Red Sox part since Schilling has been injured.

If we call Bartolo Colon up in this season, the bullpen could use a little work.

Now, I am not saying the Sox, as of right now, aren't a great ball club, but with Schilling out, and Lester and Buchholz in the starting rotation in place of him, they may need some help.

The Red Sox have said their starting rotation may consist of Josh Beckett, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tim Wakefield, Jon Lester, and Clay Buchholz. 

Colon has a career record of 146-95 with a 4.10 ERA in 309 appearances.

The former Angel went 1-5 with a 5.11 ERA in 2006, and 6-8 with a 6.34 ERA in '07.

These may not seem like good records, but to me, Bartolo is a great team player and gives any ballclub a great upbringing. 

Colon has been injured for a while, but seems to be back in buissness.

Colon gives the Sox some insurance if their young pitching staff struggles, or is injured early on.

Lets see how it goes.