The Bartolo Era Ends: Colon Heads To Oakland

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Via Jayson Stark, Bartolo Colon has agreed to a one-year deal with the Athletics. He’s a stopgap solution for a team that traded away both Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill this offseason, and will be without Brett Anderson until at least midseason due to Tommy John surgery.

Colon, 39 in May, was an option for the Yankees right up until Friday night, when the Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda stuff went down. He was the team’s second best starter in the first half of 2011, painting corners with 95 mph heat and backing lefties off the plate with two-seamers inside. Once he started throwing 91-92 and wasn’t hitting the corners as frequently, it stopped being fun. Good luck Bart, thanks for those 164.1 IP.

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  • dkidd

    good luck, bartolo

    my wish for bart is he pitches well and gets traded to a national league contender for the stretch drive

    • Colin

      i can totally see that happening

  • CANO FAN #1

    Hope the best for the Big bart

  • Mike MzX

    Nice pickup by Billy Beane. Good luck Bartolo, and thanks for the help in 2011. We all love a good comeback story, and you staged a great one.

  • http://TheOne JCYanks

    All the best to Big Bart. It has been quite an unforgettable time since you signed on, from the 175 pound listing in spring training, to your dominant performance against Oakland in the summer. You surely revived your career and I will miss your theatrics in the dug out. Best of luck in Oakland and hopefully you will find your way onto a contender.

    • FIPster Doofus

      His dugout theatrics are what I’ll miss the most.

      • Jesse

        That I’ll miss, as well as him flipping the ball up to himself when there’s a stoppage of play. Guy just knows how to have fun.

  • Thomas Cassidy

    I liked Colon a lot when he was here. I liked him even better in 2005 with A-Rod had that 5-5, 3 home run, 10 RBI game against the Angels (a game he started). Best of luck in Oakland, even though you won’t have any out there.

    • Craig Maduro

      I think we would have won the ALCS that same year if Colon didn’t get hurt in Game 5.

      • Jesse

        Wasn’t it ALDS?

  • Jamey

    I reiterate my well wishes from my comment in the open thread. I don’t think anyone saw his 1st half coming & it really helped keep the season together, pre Red Sox collapse.

  • Mark L.

    So does anyone know if adding Kuroda has put the payroll back to 2011 levels?

    • Mike Axisa

      Their payroll next year will be higher than it was last year, unless they get some seriously cheap sweetheart deals out of the six arbitration guys.

      • Mark L.

        Thanks – if they round out the bench and bullpen for >$5 million, it seems like they can keep it from surpassing 2010’s record of $213 million.

  • Johnny

    The most underrated part of Colon was his fielding ability. Perhaps he gets a little lucky in the field, but that big guy was like a cat out there at every opportunity… plucking line drives out of the air like they’re grapes on a vine; corralling chop jobs. He was a lot of fun to watch.

    • Joey H.

      I’d use ‘ability” loosely. Didn’t he pull a hamstring or damn near close to it twice fielding?

  • Monteroisdinero

    Good luck Bart. Don’t let Montero extend those arms. You can’t beat him inside either.

    Just walk him.

  • Monterowasdinero

    Gotta change all computers’ handles now.


  • Cy Pettitte

    $2mil guaranteed, not bad big Bart. Hope he has a good year, he’s one of those guys that obviously legitimately loves the game so much. Can’t root against that.