The Mets have reportedly reached an agreement with starting pitcher Bartolo Colon on a two-year, $20 million deal. I do not like this signing at all.
Colon is coming off one of the best seasons of his career — 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA. But he will be 41 years old in May and was suspended for PEDs in 2012.
I like that Sandy Alderson is spending big money this off-season, so in that way he should be commended for this signing. But two years for a guy who will pitch most of the season as a 41-year-old? It does not make sense.
It especially does not make sense when Phil Hughes — at 27, more than a decade younger than Colon — signed for three years and $24 million.
If the Mets were going to go with such an old pitcher, they could have kept R.A. Dickey last year. Or they could have signed Tim Hudson, who is 39 and got a couple of a million more than Bartolo Colon for two years.
With so much young pitching on the way and with other holes on the team that need to be filled, why spend such a big chunk of change on Bartolo Colon? No, this is a terrible signing that the Mets will soon regret.