The Mets and Bartolo Colon have agreed to a one year, $7.25 million contract per multiple reports.
Colon, entering his age 43 season, has gone 29-26 with a 4.13 ERA in his first two seasons as a Met. He will presumably be the fifth starter in a talented rotation consisting of Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz until Zack Wheeler fully recovers from Tommy John surgery. Following Wheeler’s return, barring any injuries in the rotation, it’s assumed that Colon will take on a significant role in the bullpen.
Along with Jeremy Blevins, I think it was given that Bartolo would find his way back to the Mets somehow. Colon and his care-free style of play has had a positive impact on the clubhouse and younger players, making him more valuable than his statistics suggest.
The situation this signing leaves the Mets is a bit tricky. Colon clearly solves one problem in the lack of a fifth starter. However, the bullpen is still without a strong set-up man to complement closer Jeurys Familia. The Colon signing brings the Mets to roughly a $100 million payroll, so I think the Tyler Clippard and Greg Holland caliber players are off the table. I think we can expect the front office to spring for a low-risk, high-reward reliever, such as Neftali Feliz, Al Alburquerque, or Matt Albers if they are still looking for an outfielder to complement Juan Lagares.