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Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

Posted on: January 26, 2011 11:58 am
 

ColonThe Yankees have signed Bartolo Colon to a minor-league deal, reports FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi.

Colon hasn't pitched since 2009 with the White Sox, posting a 4.19 ERA in 12 starts. He spent 2008 with the Red Sox and four seasons prior to that with the Angels.

Despite Colon's reputation as a durable pitcher -- he hurled 222 2/3 innings as late as 2005, when he was 32 -- he has broken down over the last few years with shoulder injuries and an assortment of other maladies.

Long known for being overweight, Colon has reportedly lost a significant amount of weight and posted a 1.47 ERA in seven starts while pitching for the Dominican Winter League. That's enough to get him another look in the majors, but the cards are stacked against him -- especially if things don't go his way as the Red Sox were abandoned by the portly right-hander near the end of 2008.

However, the Yankees can't get too cute in their pursuit of starting pitchers. The Yankees have no depth beyond the No. 3 starter and need to have reinforcements in place in case of injuries or attrition. Colon, along with Mark Prior, should compete for a rotation job in spring training although Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre remain the favorites.

-- Evan Brunell

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Comments

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

Fatolo Colon...Seriously Yankees???  You have to be jokin to sign this fat slob.  He is SO washedup even as a joke or batting practice tosser this would be bad. Guess the Ynaks are gonna scrape the very bottom of the pitching trash barel and hope it produces similar results to what AJ does.  Sda when your hoping for 2nd place and a wild card.



Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

O hey problem solved. lol



Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

O hey problem solved. lol



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

The reason they didn't jump on Galaragga is because he sucks (not to imply though the Yankees never over-pay for guys that suck!). Next to his one game where he was robbed of a no-hitter, the guy was bad. No-hitters are impressive, but don't over-do it. Edwin Jackson had one last year too.

If you had to choose between Galaragga and Colon, then yes, Galaragga would be better. But that's not the Bankees situation. They can buy better.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:13 pm
 

Prior wasn't signed to start

I'm pretty sure the Yankees signed Mark Prior to serve in the pen.  There are real concerns about stretching him out as a starter.  If Pettitte does not return you can bank on the Yankees swinging a trade before too long for an established starter.  They may have to do it even if Pettitte does return.  Cashman has a track record of claiming confidence at a certain position, only to later sign (or be instructed to sign) an established player.  There doesn't seem to be anyone left to sign, but a trade is a real possibility and I would expect to see something happen.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

Why didn't they jump all over Galarraga before Arizona got him? Guess that would have made too much sense.

Did you just really compare Colonn to Galarraga!



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

When the Red Sox make signings like this you all laugh at the signings and then when the Yankees sign these players it's ok?

Sure but at least most of us waited until those moves were clearly not going to work...like late May. Colon is a joke. Have more hope for Prior and that would be a miracle. No way they don't make a deal at some point. Just hope they don't wait too long.

Why didn't they jump all over Galarraga before Arizona got him? Guess that would have made too much sense.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

Nope - YOU WERE NOT Deion....not at all....Just saying that a lot of yankees fans did and now with this signing they are saying, it's no big deal, it's only a minor league deal, we aren't expecting much but when the red sox do it's the worst move in the history of baseball transactions



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

Deemer, my previous response to Brown's comment goes for you too. You guys really need to work on your deduction skills.



Since: Feb 6, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

I know what you're talking about Yawk, but I wasn't one of them... and I believe some Red Sox posters called similar signings "low risk/high reward"...


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