Report: Bartolo Colon meets the Mets
The Mets want to bolster the rotation, and Barolo Colon may fit the bill.
Sweeny Murti of WFAN reports that the Mets Monday met with free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon. Mets GM Sandy Alderson has previously indicated that he's in the market for an additional starting pitcher, especially given the season-long absence of ace Matt Harvey in 2014.
The Mets, it should be noted, are almost certainly not going to contend in 2014, but this pursuit in tandem with their signing of Curtis Granderson can be thought of as "brand-building" moves designed to pacify an increasingly frustrated fan base. As well, the Mets, like almost any other team, have a puncher's chance at contention, and nothing they've done thus far has thrown them off the rebuilding course.
As for Colon, he presents an interesting case for 2014. He's 40 years of age, but he's coming off a 2013 campaign in which he pitched to a 2.65 ERA, 141 ERA+ and 4.03 K/BB in 190 1/3 innings. At that age, there are no guarantees moving forward, and he hasn't worked 200 or more innings since 2005, when he won the AL Cy Young with the Angels. However, Colon has evolved nicely despite advancing age and the accompanying loss of velocity.
He's compensated by relying more on his sinker and spotting his slider and changeup to keep hitters guessing. Most of all, Colon has drastically improved his control relative to mid-career levels. Colon will likely regress a bit in 2014 in terms of keeping the ball in the park, but the deep repertoire and outstanding command mean he's still useful in the short-term. He's not an ideal fit for the Mets, but for a certifiable contender with a sound defense in place and that needs help in the middle of the rotation, Colon would be a good addition on a one-year-plus-an-option deal or thereabouts.