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Signing a 40-year-old Bartolo Colon to a two-year contract worth $20 million is a risky move by Sandy Alderson, but one he felt was needed. With the amount of pitching prospects in New York’s system, they only need a veteran like Colon for two years.
That’s why they didn’t go after Matt Garza, Ervin Santana or even Ubaldo Jimenez. These guys will be looking for a contract in the neighborhood of four or five years. (Garza just received a four-year deal from the Brewers.) The Mets simply didn’t need a free-agent starter for that long.
Despite serving a PED-related suspension while with the Oakland Athletics in 2012, Colon has been consistent since missing the entire 2010 season. The big right-hander hasn’t started less than 24 games in each of those years.
He proved to be a workhorse in Oakland, which is exactly what the Mets wanted in filling the hole left by Harvey’s absence. In 190.1 innings last season, Colon posted an 18-6 record with a 2.65 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.
Throughout his career, Colon has challenged hitters with his fastball, throwing it 80.2 percent of the time. He mixes in a slider and a changeup on occasion, but for the most part, he’s coming right after hitters.
With an average fastball velocity of 89.9 miles per hour in 2013, control is the key to Colon’s success. He’s been successful over the last three seasons because he’s allowed just 1.67 walks per nine innings.
2014 projection: 13-9 record, 3.30 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 130 Ks, 33 BBs, 180 IP