Bartolo Colon Agrees to 2-Year Deal with New York Mets

Tim KeeneyContributor IDecember 11, 2013

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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:

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

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

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 31:  Bartolo Colon #40 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Toronto Blue Jays at O.co Coliseum on July 31, 2013 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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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.