It looks as though the New York Mets will bring back the ageless one, Bartolo Colon, for another season in Flushing, New York.
The Mets just made a trade dealing lefty starter Jonathon Niese to the Pittsburgh Pirates for second baseman Neil Walker. That filled a void in their rotation and the Mets will likely re-sign Colon to fill the No. 5 starter until Zack Wheeler comes back from Tommy John surgery, probably in early June.
This is a great move. Colon went 14-13 with a 4.16 ERA in 2015. Those are impressive numbers for a 42 year old who only throws one pitch, which is the fastball. Colon has been solid all of last season and was actually the team’s best starter down the stretch in September as the Mets made their division run to clinch the National League East title for the first time since 2006.
In addition, Colon was also solid out of the bullpen in the playoffs so he was big in helping the Mets reach the World Series for the first time since 2000. So when Wheeler comes back, Colon can move to the bullpen after proving himself in that role last October.
Finally, Colon has been a valuable veteran teammate in the clubhouse. He is jovial as a person which keeps the clubhouse loose and has been stabilizing influence to the young players especially his fellow Latino youngsters. Closer Jeurys Familia had high praise for Colon especially.
So along with acquiring Neil Walker to fill the void at second base, the Mets likely re-signing Colon for another year as the 5th starter next season, will also be a beneficiary for the Amazins.
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