Colon, 44, finished the 2017 with the Minnesota Twins after being released by the Atlanta Braves on July 4.
Down the stretch for the playoff bound Twins he went 5-6 with a 5.18 ERA, 5.31 FIP, 1.44 WHIP and 3.31 SO/W over 80 innings.
Overall in 2017, the veterean right-hander went 7-14 with 6.48 ERA, 5.21 FIP, 1.59 WHIP and 2.54 SO/W in 28 starts that spanned 143 innings.
The Mets showed interest during the offseason in bringing Colon back and yet again in July before he eventually signed for the competing Twins.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson after Bart signed with the Twins, “We made a strong effort to re-sign Bartolo. But he decided to go elsewhere.”
Mets are expected to search for an innings eater this offseason after injuries decimated their starting rotation in 2017. Sandy said in September, “I think if we were able to find a Bartolo Colon type, who fits in the three-four spot and semi-guarantees 180-200 innings, that would probably be something that would stabilize our rotation. So I think it’s something we’d look at, yes”
A big motivation for Bart to pitch next year is being only four wins away from 244 and overtaking Juan Marichal for the most ever by a Dominican born pitcher.