The Oakland Athletics didn’t sign veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon after he’d had one of the best seasons of his career in 2013 because they didn’t want to sign a 40-year-old to a two-year deal. Colon wanted a two-year deal and the New York Mets were happy to oblige.
Since then, however, it appears the A’s may have been better off with a bit more depth in the starting rotation, especially depth that includes a well-seasoned veteran. I don’t think it could have hurt the A’s to have Colon on the 25-man roster in 2014 or 2015.
I mean, he can throw the ball much better than Barry Zito can, right? So it’s not too far out there to wonder, after all he’s done to help the New York Mets in 2015, if the A’s might consider signing Colon for 2016?
The almost 43-year-old pitcher has expressed the desire to pitch next season and will be a cheap, short term pick up off the free agent market.
Pretty perfect for Oakland actually, considering they’ve already signed Bartolo once for 2012 and 2013 for the same reason they would need to sign him now. I know that there are quite a few A’s fans out there who like my personal favorite “happy, old, fat man” (this personal stuff is not exactly part of the column but please check out the rest of my post) and there are fans who even like my hashtag #TeamBartolo!
— Hatty (@shawnee_g_h) October 28, 2015
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