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Bartolo Colon signs a one-year deal with the Mets

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BaronThe Mets traded Jon Niese to the Pirates in exchange for Neil Walker during the Winter Meetings, leaving a temporary void in the rotation until Zack Wheeler is ready to return from his rehab from Tommy John Surgery, which is expected to be in June or July.

Assistant GM John Ricco has said the club had been in contact with the agents for Bartolo Colon, who is interested in returning to the Mets and is open to being a swing-man in 2016.

And it would appear the Mets now have a deal in place to bring Colon back.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports said on Wednesday the Mets and Colon have agreed to a one-year, $7.25 million contract for 2016, pending a physical.

“His versatility and the success he had in the playoffs in that role, and where he is in his career, I think he could fit us on a number of levels. Everything I’ve heard, he would be open to that type of role,” Ricco recently said about Colon.

Terry Collins was hopeful the two sides could eventually agree to a deal.

“I know he wants to come back,” Collins said on Tuesday. “I know there’s talks with him going on. I hope they can get something done.”

Combined with the $12.5 million the club will save thanks to Michael Cuddyer’s retirement, the Mets could then use that cost savings for other assets they’re interested in signing or trading for this winter, although it remains to be seen what the net savings actually will be with Cuddyer’s buyout.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said during the Winter Meetings it was likely Colon will be returning to the Mets, although a deal has yet to be forged. The Braves had also  discussed the possibility of signing Colon, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.

Ricco and Collins both said rotation alternatives would’ve included Logan Verrett and Sean Gilmartin.

Colon, 42, has won more games and pitched more innings than any other Mets starter since the start of the 2014 season. He went 14-13 with a 4.16 ERA in 33 appearances and 31 starts over 194 2/3 innings in 2015. He went 29-26 with a 4.13 ERA in 64 appearances and 62 starts for the Mets from 2014-2015. He just completed a two-year, $20 million contract in 2015.

The Mets made their one-year deal with Colon official on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets designated Johnny Monell for assignment.

“I’ve had a great experience in New York,” Colon said in a statement Friday. “The fans are great, being part of the postseason was great. I’ll do anything Terry wants me to do this year, start or relieve. I just want to help us get back to the World Series.”

Original post: Dec. 16, 9:18 am
Updated: Dec. 16, 4:10 pm, Dec. 18, 7:20 pm

Bartolo Colon likely returning to the Mets

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BaronAfter reportedly trading Jon Niese to the Pirates for Neil Walker, the Mets have a sudden need for a temporary fifth starter in their rotation, at least until Zack Wheeler returns from the disabled list next June or July.

That option could be an old friend to the Mets.

The Mets are now pursuing a re-union with Bartolo Colon to serve as the club’s fifth starter and swingman in the second half of the 2016 season, according to Newsday’s Marc Carig.

And it appears likely Colon will be returning to the Mets, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, although Heyman says a deal isn’t yet close.

In addition, Braves have discussed the possibility of signing Colon as well, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.

The Mets met with the agents for Colon at the Winter Meetings earlier this week, and assistant GM John Ricco said on Sunday the Mets would be open to bringing Colon back into the fold in this role.

Ricco said Colon is open to pitching out of the bullpen for the Mets in 2016.

The door is still open with him,” Ricco explained on Sunday. “And I think we’ll meet with his guys out here. I can see a fit there. His versatility and the success he had in the playoffs in that role, and where he is in his career, I think he could fit us on a number of levels. Everything I’ve heard, he would be open to that type of role.”

The salaries for Niese and Walker are basically a wash, meaning the Mets filled their need on the infield at zero additional cost towards their 2016 payroll. If the Mets can bring Colon back, it will presumably come at a lesser amount to that of his $11 million salary in 2015, and less than Niese’s salary for 2016.

So, the Mets could conceivably fill two needs at minimal or no additional cost, leaving open plenty of resources for the Mets to sign an outfielder and fix their bullpen.

Ricco also said the Mets could use Sean Gilmartin and Rafael Montero in the rotation as placeholders for Wheeler, if they are unable to procure another starting pitcher.

Colon has won more games and pitched more innings than any other Mets starter since the start of the 2014 season. He went 14-13 with a 4.16 ERA in 33 appearances and 31 starts over 194 2/3 innings in 2015. He went 29-26 with a 4.13 ERA in 64 appearances and 62 starts for the Mets from 2014-2015.

Original post, Dec.9, 4:28 pm
Updated: Dec.9 7:27 pm, Dec. 10, 9:30 am

Mets would consider trading Jon Niese, and re-signing Bartolo Colon


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The Mets have held firm on their stance that none of their healthy young starting pitchers are available in a trade this winter.

That group is inclusive of Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard.

But in November, assistant GM John Ricco left open the possibility Zack Wheeler could be moved in a trade under the right circumstances, since he won’t be available or 100 percent for most of the 2016 season.

And on Sunday in Nashville, Ricco went as far as to say Wheeler’s placeholder in the rotation – Jon Niese  – could also be available in a trade this winter.

Ricco suggested Rafael Montero could serve as a placeholder for Wheeler instead, even though he missed most of the 2015 season with a strained right rotator cuff.

Ricco also said the Mets are weighing the possibility to re-signing Bartolo Colon to serve as a swingman in and out of the bullpen, and the 42-year-old pitcher is open to returning to the Mets in that role.

2015 Winter Meetings“The door is still open with him,” Ricco explained. “And I think we’ll meet with his guys out here. I can see a fit there. His versatility and the success he had in the playoffs in that role, and where he is in his career, I think he could fit us on a number of levels. Everything I’ve heard, he would be open to that type of role.”

From a dollars and cents perspective, it might be worth it for the Mets to explore moving Niese and replacing him with Colon. Niese is set to earn $9 million in 2016, and is all but sure to go back to the bullpen when Wheeler is activated from the disabled list, which will take place sometime in June or July.

Colon will presumably command significantly less than the $11 million he earned in the final year of his two-year contract in 2015, and less than the $9 million Niese is set to earn next year as well. And the Mets could then use that cost savings for other assets they’re interested in signing this winter.

Ricco said the club will meet with Colon’s agents at the Winter Meetings this week.

Bartolo Colon would like to return to the Mets, but he wants to start

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42-year-old Bartolo Colon has said he intends to pitch beyond 2015, and has said he would like to be a starting pitcher for a club as well.

However, an opportunity to start is unlikely to be guaranteed for the duration of the season if he were to re-sign with the Mets.

Having said that, Sandy Alderson did not rule out the possibility of the club retaining Colon for 2016, saying they would remain, “open minded” to such a possibility.

Alderson cited Colon’s versatility in his ability to both start and pitch out of the bullpen as reasons for having Colon back, especially considering the need to manage the workload for Zack Wheeler and the possibility of skipping starts for other members of their rotation over the course of the year.

Having said that, Terry Collins said he doesn’t anticipate any innings limits for the starting pitching staff. And with Jon Niese under contract and the need for different kinds of relievers, there isn’t really a natural fit for Colon even as an early-season starter and a late-season swing man.

And on Tuesday, Mets assistant GM John Ricco said Colon would like to return to the Mets, but will look for an opportunity to start before considering a role as a reliever with New York.

“From what I understand, he is interested in coming back,” Ricco explained. “But he’s going to go out on the market and look and see. I would imagine he prefers to be a starter. While he might be open to relieving, that might be a secondary thing for him. We haven’t had any detailed conversations.”

Part of the Mets strength in 2015 and specifically during the postseason was the quality of their depth, which helped strengthen their bullpen and protect other weaknesses, thanks to Niese’s ability to get left-handed hitters out, and along with Colon, provide multiple innings of relief.

But if the Mets intend to retool their bullpen, it’s going to be really tough for the Mets to find regular work for Colon, which could ultimately result in the two sides ultimately parting ways.

Mets will remain ‘open minded’ about re-signing Bartolo Colon


Baron42-year-old Bartolo Colon has said he intends to pitch beyond 2015, and has said he would like to be a starting pitcher for a club as well.

However, an opportunity to start is unlikely to be guaranteed for the duration of the season if he were to re-sign with the Mets.

Having said that, Sandy Alderson did not rule out the possibility of the club retaining Colon for 2016, saying they would remain, “open minded” to such a possibility.

Alderson cited Colon’s versatility in his ability to both start and pitch out of the bullpen as reasons for having Colon back, especially considering the need to manage the workload for Zack Wheeler and the possibility of skipping starts for other members of their rotation over the course of the year.

Having said that, Terry Collins said he doesn’t anticipate any innings limits for the starting pitching staff. And with Jon Niese under contract and the need for different kinds of relievers, there isn’t really a natural fit for Colon even as an early-season starter and a late-season swing man.

Then again, part of the Mets strength in 2015 and specifically during the postseason was the quality of their depth, which helped strengthen their bullpen and protect other weaknesses, thanks to Niese’s ability to get left-handed hitters out, and along with Colon, provide multiple innings of relief.

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