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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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Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

Hey Brown, I was responding to DBowman's previous comment about Mitre or Nova fighting for the #3 spot. I was attempting to educate him on the situation, just like I should educate you on comprehending comments.



Since: Feb 3, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

Are they kidding?  Why do they keep signing old broken down players??!!!  What's the matter?  Was Vinny Testaverde not available??? (which is wrong on obviously many many levels lol)

Mister Peabody,

It isn't like the Yankees signed him as a major league player.  The AAA league max is $120,000 per year.  If he makes it to the major, he will be making $400,000 unless the Yankees agree to negotiate to a higher MLB contract based on his years of MLB service.

The Yankees need starting pitching if you haven't noticed.  They have a few kids in AA and A, but none (other than Nova) are major league ready.  Picking up Colon is fine for now for the little money that he will be receiving.  $120,000 is what AJ Burnett made in 2 innings worth of pitching lasty year.  Just putting Colon's salary into perspective here!!

Viz



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

I would call the signings of Colon and Prior low risk/maybe some reward signings...


Yeah but wait....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?



Since: Jun 27, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

Maybe you need to comprehend what "beyond the #3 starter means" here's a hint it means #4 starters plus - come on you can do it!!!



Since: Feb 6, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

If Josh Beckett can be called the Red Sox 3rd starter, AJ can fit that criteria in NY. That said, the Red Sox also have Lackey and Dice-K which bring the Red Sox more rotation stability in comparsion to what the Yankees have, right now...


I would call the signings of Colon and Prior low risk/maybe some reward signings...



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

So I guess you have trouble reading, it said beyond the #3 starter, it means that the top 3 starters have already been decided, with just the pitchers you described



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:33 pm
 

Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

Ivan Nova at #3? Really? You typed a three paragraph comment thinking that Nova or Mitre will be the #3? Okay, let's break this down so you can understand:
1) CC Sabathia (remember him?)
2) Phil Hughes (remember him?)
3) AJ Burnett (remember him?)

Okay, now please see above and let me know who the #3 pitcher is? C'mon, you can do it.



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Yankees ink Bartolo Colon

Are they kidding?  Why do they keep signing old broken down players??!!!  What's the matter?  Was Vinny Testaverde not available??? (which is wrong on obviously many many levels lol)


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Since: Jul 9, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:04 pm
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