According to reports, Bartolo Colon has signed with the Atlanta Braves.
Colon will turn 44-years-old next May, but you wouldn’t know it by the way he pitched for the New York Mets last season. In 33 starts (34 appearances), the righty went 15-8 with a 3.43 ERA and 1.21 WHIP while striking out 128 batters over 191.2 innings. This will be the end of a solid tenure for Colon as a Met. In his three years with the club, Colon went 44-34 with a 3.90 ERA and 1.23 WHIP while striking out 415 batters over 588.2 innings.
The Braves just signed 42-year-old R.A. Dickey yesterday, so they clearly weren’t too pleased with going 68-93 last season. They’ve been very aggressive out of the gate this offseason, and they’re hoping these two durable veterans will be able to give them a lot of quality innings. The Braves will have to keep their fingers crossed that Colon and Dickey won’t get too distracted by early bird dinners and Murder She Wrote reruns.
I’m sure the Braves will tell everybody that they signed Colon to bolster their rotation, as their starters were 28th in the MLB last season with a 4.87 ERA. But we all know the real reason why Colon is now in Hotlanta and that is his tape measure power. I’m legitimately giddy about getting to watch Colon hit again next season.