Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Athletics attain a deal with Bartolo Colon

Posted by Admin On 10:22 AM


The Oakland Athletics have reached agreement on a one-year agreement with free-agent right-hander Bartolo Colon. Athletics general manager Billy Beane, contacted by phone, would not confirm the Colon deal, which MLB.com reported is worth nearly $2 million and perhaps includes a signing bonus. The deal won’t be administrator until Colon, who will turn 39 in May, takes a physical.
Beane did say the A’s are vigorously exploring the current market of available players. He has said in recent weeks that, in addition to signing a preliminary pitcher, the A’s also would like to obtain an experienced outfielder and possibly a relief pitcher if the budget allows.
We are pursuing some veteran free agents to help out the young guys we’ve traded for,Beane said.And we’ve got a few other things going on.Colon also had been negotiating with the Arizona Diamondbacks before choose the A’s as his seventh major league team. The New York Yankees also had expressed the possibility of bringing Colon back in fresh weeks.
Colon was out of baseball since mid-2009 before enjoying a rebirth with the Yankees in 2011, going 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA over 164 1/3 innings. Plagued by elbow and rotator-cuff issues in recent years, Colon was buoy by stem-cell treatment from his bone marrow and fat. Colon reportedly clocked 94-96 mph with his fastball in his 29 appearance (26 starts) last season.
However, Colon faded down the stretch, going 0-4 with 5.37 ERA in his final 10 starts. He was left off the Yankees’ postseason roster. Colon is 161-113 during his 14-year career, which includes stints with the Cleveland Indians, Montreal Expos, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox and Yankees.
Colon will help the A’s make up for the revolution experience they lost when both Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill were traded away for prospects recently. In addition, left-hander Brett Anderson is expected to be out until midseason as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.

 

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