Update: Colon will earn $900,000 if he makes the major league roster according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post. Sherman also notes that Colon pitched for Tony Pena in the DWL and he and Yankees scouts liked what they saw in him.
Original post: The Yankees have finally added another starting pitcher after trying all offseason as they added former Cy Young award winner Bartolo Colon to a minor league contract according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.
Colon, 38 in May, last pitched in the majors in 2009 with the Chicago White Sox. He only threw 62.1 innings that year though, but his 4.19 ERA was servicable. His last full season was in 2005 when he won 21 games with the Angels.
In order to make a comeback, Colon pitched in the Dominican Winter Legue this past offseason. His numbers were up and down. In the first part of the season he put up a 1.93 ERA in 37.1 innings, but he struggled in the playoffs.
He’ll come to spring training to try to show the Yankees that he’s healthy. If he is and if he pitches better than Sergio Mitre then the Yankees could pencil him in as the no. 5 starter. Otherwise, they’ll probably cut him as the Yankees Double-A and Triple-A pitching rotations are stacked and likely have no room for him.