Yankees Sign Bartolo Colon (Updated)

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.

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13 Responses to Yankees Sign Bartolo Colon (Updated)

  1. it's a warm body to compete for a 4th or 5th spot of the rotation. i don't love it, but i like it. I've always been in support of getting a vet or 2, just in case Andy doesn't come back. and if andy DOES come back, the more the merrier.

  2. Ricky Yankees says:


  3. The Captain says:

    Given the current market of available pitchers, this is a good move for the Yankees. They get a chance to add an established Major League pitcher to the back end of their rotation for cheap, and per his deal if he doesn't make the roster he immediately becomes a FA.

    And he was playing on Tony Pena's team in the winter league, so the Yanks have to have good knowledge on what he's got left.

    It's low-risk, high-reward from a Yankee perspective. If Colon actually does have something left, then he becomes a better option than Mitre. If he doesn't, they can cut their losses and move on.

  4. Mike S. says:

    Not exactly happy. I don't expect him to even make the team. A chance, that's it. 38 in May. Maybe Sidney Ponson's pants are still around to fit him? Let's just say that after reading about this signing that MY Colon isn't doing too well right now.

    • highlander64 says:

      Sidney Ponson's pants…that's funny Mike…the Yankees have always needed fillers, I just hope they find someone other than Colon for the rotation…I'm warming up to the idea if the intention is to use him in an emergency…

  5. Ryan says:

    I dont care if they signed him for a dollar. He was the biggest waste of anything. I cant wait for Cashmans contract to be done with so he can go to a small market team. They should have "promoted" him and kept Kevin Towers as GM

  6. Susan says:

    For the first time I'm literally speechless.

  7. Rafael says:

    Bartolo is finished, at present he is playing for the Caguas Criollos in Puerto Rico and believe me,in two games his performance was very poor.

  8. The Captain says:

    Newsflash, people. Everybody else out there on the FA market is finished, washed up, done, and a waste too. The difference is a lot of those other names (Millwood, Garcia) were in the Majors last year and would command more money and a guaranteed contract.

    The Tigers are handing out $3 mil to slop like Brad Penny and everybody wants to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge because of 900k to Colon?

    Say it with me now: "Low risk. High reward." Just think happy thoughts and wait for the season to start. Once things start playing out, a better option will present itself.

  9. Ryan says:

    Captain, there is no reward for this bum. He hasnt pitched in the majors for two years i believe and he scrap then. They should sign Duscherer or Millwood. Duwcherer is "high reward" and Millwood will at least eat up innings in anything. Where is the reward in signing Colon. He cant eat innings and his stuff isnt any good.

  10. The Captain says:

    I'm sure that's the case, and when that shows in ST then he's gone.

    He pitched well in his winter league, which, I'll admit, was probably the equivalent of Double-A ball, and did it for Tony Pena's team. So you have to assume the Yankees had more than a few eyes on him and more than a few reports on what his stuff looked like to motivate this move. If he has even 1 ounce of ability left and the Yankees get something out it, then that's a reward. If not, cut bait.

    Duchsherer I would support signing. He still has value if he can stay healthy and he would be the one other non-Pettite FA I would go after. Millwood is a piece of crap.

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