Mets Back Off On Bartolo Colon Due To Demands

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Updated 12/9

The Mets had a meeting today with the agent for veteran free-agent righthander Bartolo Colon according to Sweeny Murti of WFAN.

But thankfully, they were scared off by his contracts demands. We are hearing that there might be a two-year deal floating from at least one team, and we think it’s the Mariners.

Also, not as much to say by Sandy today compared to yesterday, but he did say it’s unlikely he’d give a multi-year offer to any starting pitcher.

Original Post 12/8

In a column for the Daily News, Bill Madden suggests that the Mets should consider signing free agent RHP Bartolo Colon this winter even if it means a two-year deal, to satisfy the fanbase.

My tweet yesterday, pretty much sums up my take on a two-year deal for the veteran righthander who seems to have been around since the Reagan administration.

I’m quite certain that the fanbase is not looking to be satisfied by Colon. After running a fan site for nine years, I have a pretty good sense of what Met fans are thinking and I’d say the vast majority of them would be up in arms over a two-year deal for this fat-cat.

The 40-year-old Colon is coming off a surprisingly excellent season in which he posted a record of 18-6 over 30 starts for the Oakland A’s and finishing sixth in the American League Cy Young voting with 12 percent of the votes. His 2.65 ERA was the lowest mark for a pitcher over 40 since Roger Clemens posted a 1.87 ERA with the Astros in 2005.

The Mariners, fresh over their Robinson Cano signing, are still willing to spend aggressively courtesy of their new TV deal. They are getting set to offer Colon a two-year deal according to various reports.

If I’m the Mets I am not messing around with this one.

Colon turns 41 next season and I don’t want to be the one holding the bag when his big regression comes crashing down on some poor unsuspecting team. Quite frankly, I also have big concerns about his weight, and lets not forget his PED suspension.

Colon will be looking for a deal in the two-year $25-30 million range. No thanks.

mmo

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