Free-Agent Spotlight: Bartolo Colon

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 11, 2013

Bartolo Colon is essentially a fine wine, aging to a point that baseball aficionados can appreciate his more subtle notes.

With waning velocity, Colon relied on control and an off-speed arsenal to get batters out, racking up one of the best seasons of his career.    

MLB Contributor Gabe Zaldivar breaks down one of the older veteran arms still left on the open market.

Of course, any player 40 years old is going to garner a great deal of caution. Still, Colon had one of his best seasons in quite some time.

While he hasn’t pitched over 200 innings since 2005, his ERA was the lowest since 2002. Also, his BB/9 rate (1.4) was the lowest it’s been since 2006 (1.8).

It’s clear that, at 40, Colon still has a great deal left in the tank. However, it’s not a matter of how many years he has left, but how many games.

That’s why Colon is one of the more intriguing stars left in free agency. Go ahead and get in the discussion and offer your thoughts on how much he is worth or how long you would lock him up for in the comments section below.

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