Mets spend majority of budget on Bartolo Colon

Posted: December 11, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Photo by CBS Sports

Photo by CBS Sports

The Mets have signed Bartolo Colon to a two-year deal worth $20 million pending a physical. Colon, 40, is coming off the best year of his career but comes with major red flags. First off and most importantly the Colon signing is pretty much the Mets entire budget. They have about $4 million left to spend barring a trade if they stick with their $87 million payroll of 2013. They are trying to trade Ike Davis but he only projects to make about $3.5 million.

Stephen Drew already has a 2-year $25 million deal from the Red Sox in hand so he wouldn’t leave the World Champs to come to New York for significantly less money so you can now throw that out the window barring an unforeseen trade. Drew would have been a much better fit despite likely getting more money for the Mets than Colon.  This move certainly increases the chances of Ruben Tejada being the starting shortstop again.

The Mets also need to add at least one reliever to a very young and unproven bullpen.

Colon was fantastic last year going 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA, making 30 starts with Oakland last year and now the Mets rotation goes back to being a strength but there is just too much risk in this signing for a team with no margin for error financially.

Colon is now the oldest pitcher in baseball, is coming off a PED suspension and was involved in the Biogenesis scandal last year. He is also overweight and played his home games in the most pitcher friendly ballpark in the game. Oh and again, he’s 40.

A positive of this signing though is Colon should be a big help to all the Mets young pitchers in helping them throw strikes. Colon is one of the best control pitchers in the game and walked just 1.37 batters per nine innings last year.

Colon should have success with the Mets in 2014, should he stay on the field but with all the pitching depth they have in the minors this was an unnecessary move in my opinion given the giant hole at shortstop.

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – Apparently signing or trading for a SS has presented SA with some unreported difficulties and for SA’s future credibility with the GMs he is obviously speaking with they should stay that way. Colon, in my opinion, is a good signing. I would have rather had Arroyo but in fact despite his age Colon had a great year in 2012. Sinker ball pitchers seem to last longer that other power pitchers. Recall Tommy John. He pitched very well for a long time. If the Mets can get their money’s worth over the next two years from Colon then who can complain? If the Mets can win say one more game per month in 2013 over 2012 they could be a second wild card winner. The next and probably last signing will be a closer or set up man. Then sooner or later Davis will be traded. If Murphy doesn’t get traded by opening day then he could be traded before the 7/31/13 trade deadline. Its all about getting a winning mix of players to play at Citi Field. That is what matters most. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike if Colon pitches well you won’t hear any complaints from me. Mets liked arroyo too but he wanted more money than Colon got. I just feel like they missed out on an opportunity to get themselves an above average shortstop in Drew.

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