A’s Re-Sign Bartolo Colon
I didn’t see this one coming. I figured that Bartolo Colon‘s career with Oakland, and most likely his career in general, had come to a close in the harshest of manners, being caught for using performance enhancing drugs, being suspended and walking off into the sunset. Alas, that appears to potentially not be the case as Billy Beane signed the 39 year old to a one-year $3M contract with incentives that could push the deal to over $5M.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Colon in his time in Oakland, and once he departed following the positive test it really had next to no impact on the A’s performance as they marched into the American League West Championship. One can’t really complain though at the final numbers: 152 1/3 innings with a 3.43 ERA, 3.82 FIP and 5.4 K/9, 1.4 BB/9 and 1.0 HR/9. I wonder if those numbers reflect his season ending prior to his tiring however. In 2010 with the Yankees after August 22nd (the date he was suspended), Colon posted a miserable 5.45 ERA, with 6.4 K/9, 1.4 BB/9 and 1.4 HR/9, compared to a pre-August 22nd 3.54 ERA, 7.7 K/9, 2.5 BB/9 and 1.1 HR/9.
Regardless, he is back. If he can put up the numbers he did last year en route to a 2.4 WAR season, the $3M represents phenomenal value. The other question of course is what role PED’s (if any) played in his attaining those numbers and if off the juice do those fall off a cliff more so than even his tiring by the end of the year. The signing is relatively low risk, I have to think that Oakland could have had him for even less though, and gives them some flexibility with a very young pitching staff. Can’t really fault this one though a lack of enthusiasm is more than warranted. Don’t expect Colon to be the Opening Day starter, he will be serving five more games on his suspension to begin the 2013 campaign.