Colon went 2-for-3 with his first home run of the spring and five RBI in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. The former Royals prospect is in camp on a non-roster invite and should be considered a long shot for the 25-man roster, but Colon's making some noise with a .385/.429/.615 line to begin the spring. If he keeps raking, the 28-year-old could win a big-league utility role -- either with the Braves or another organization willing to take a chance on him.
Colon signed a minor-league contract with the Braves on Wednesday which includes an invitation to spring training, Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports. Colon played in 24 major-league games between the Royals and Marlins this past season, slashing .160/.236/.180 (eight hits in 57 plate appearances). The 28-year-old will look to latch on as a utility infielder with Atlanta for the upcoming season, but may wind up spending a decent amount of time in the minors yet again.
Colon cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. The 28-year-old struggled with a .152/.243/.182 slash line in 35 plate appearances after being claimed off waivers by the Marlins in mid-May. The utility infielder provides plenty of defensive versatility, but he didn't flash enough offensively in 2017 to remain on the 40-man roster.
Colon was designated for assignment by the Marlins on Friday, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. With Martin Prado (hamstring) returning from a long stay on the disabled list, Colon was no longer needed as third base depth. The 28-year-old slashed just .152/.243/.182 in 33 at-bats for the Marlins, and carries a combined .160/.236/.180 triple slash in 50 at-bats between Miami and Kansas City this season.
Colon has only three hits in 19 at-bats since joining the Marlins. The 28-year-old was claimed off waivers by the Marlins in mid May, but the change in scenery has not yet yielded different results. Colon is slashing .167/.211/.194 with zero RBI for the season, and will most likely continue to see only sporadic opportunities with Martin Prado and Adeiny Hechavarria still on the disabled list.