Bartolo Colon is headed to Queens, the Mets announced.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal was first to report the 40-year-old pitcher agreed to a two-year contract with the New York Mets, who are in need of rotation help with stud Matt Harvey out for the 2014 season:
Sources: #Mets, Colon in agreement on two-year, $20M deal, pending physical.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 11, 2013
Colon made $3 million last season with the Oakland Athletics, but even at his age, many believed he was in line for a significant raise after finishing sixth in the AL Cy Young voting in 2013.
That turned out to be just the case, as he's set to get $10 million per year, which is barely less than the $11 million per year the A's just gave Scott Kazmir.
Good move by the Mets?
After winning the AL Cy Young in 2005 with the Angels, Colon was plagued with injuries and compiled a 5.18 ERA in limited work from 2006 through 2009.
Most believed his career was over.
But after a resurrection of sorts with the New York Yankees in 2011, Colon was marvelous during his two season with the Athletics, going 28-15 with a 2.99 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 342.2 innings.
Age didn't seem to be much of a problem last year, either, as he tallied 30 starts, tossed three shutouts and was dominant down the stretch, going 4-1 with a 1.16 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in five September/October starts, per Baseball-Reference.com.
Meanwhile, the Mets finished eighth in the NL with a 3.78 ERA last season, but that number was bolstered by Harvey's 2.27 ERA.
Colon will add a veteran presence to a rotation that will feature Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee and Jon Niese. Jenrry Mejia will likely compete for a spot, while young prospects such as Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero could also be in the mix.