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Bartolo Colon | Starting Pitcher | #40

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (43) / 5/24/1973
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 283
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1993 / UDFA / CLE
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Braves signed RHP Bartolo Colon to a one-year, $12.5 million contract.
The deal was agreed to last week and then finalized Thursday after Colon passed his pre-signing physical. The veteran right-hander posted an impressive 3.43 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 191 2/3 innings this past season for the Mets, but he turns 44 years old next May and it's not yet clear how the Braves' new ballpark will play. Atlanta also signed 42-year-old starter R.A. Dickey earlier this month. Nov 17 - 3:25 PM

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MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves have signed Bartolo Colon, pending a physical.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports was first to report that Colon had signed somewhere, and FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says it's a one-year deal worth $12.5 million. The Braves have now inked contracts with a 42-year-old R.A. Dickey and a 43-year-old Colon in back-to-back days. The effectiveness for either or both pitcher could fall off a cliff at any moment, but the Braves are obviously hoping they can each be solid innings-eaters for another year. Colon put up a nice 3.43 ERA and 1.21 WHIP across 191 2/3 innings in 2016.
Nov 11 - 10:22 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Bartolo Colon has agreed to a contract with an unidentified team.

Heyman isn't sure which club it is but does know that it's not the Mets. Colon was 43 years of age for much of the 2016 season but still managed to post a 3.43 ERA and 1.21 WHIP across 191 2/3 innings. His effectiveness could come to a screeching halt at any point, but he's probably not a bad investment for some team on a one-year contract.
Nov 11 - 10:12 AM

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Monday that re-signing Bartolo Colon wouldn't be a high priority.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported last month that the Mets had interest in retaining the rotund right-hander, but Alderson seems to like the club's rotation depth. Colon will turn 44 next May but should draw some interest in this weak pitching market.
Nov 7 - 9:02 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Mets have interest in re-signing Bartolo Colon but "nothing is close."

Colon hasn't slowed down at all despite turning 43 in May. His 15 wins this year were 10th-most in the National League while his 3.43 ERA was the NL's 13th-lowest. Colon should attract interest from a number of teams, but New York remains his most likely landing spot.
Oct 29 - 9:03 PM

Should the Mets win the Wild Card Game against the Giants on Wednesday, Bartolo Colon or Robert Gsellman would start Game 1 of the NLDS.

Colon is an option to pitch out of the bullpen during the Wild Card Game. Should the Mets not need him in that capacity on Wednesday, though, he would start the first game of the NLDS (assuming a victory). Gsellman would start Game 1 if Colon is used out of the bullpen in relief of Noah Syndergaard during Wednesday's winner-take-all contest against Madison Bumgarner and friends.
Oct 5 - 5:06 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that two of Bartolo Colon, Seth Lugo, and Robert Gsellman will be available out of the bullpen for Wednesday's Wild Card game against the Giants.

Whoever is left off the roster will be held back to start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Cubs if the Mets advance. We will get more clarity on the specifics when rosters are announced on Wednesday.
Oct 4 - 1:24 PM

Bartolo Colon earned his 15th victory of the season and secured the top wild card spot in the National League for the Mets on Saturday with a strong showing over five innings of two-run ball against the Phillies.

The ageless wonder scattered five hits on the day and didn't walk a batter. All of the damage against him came on one mighty swing of the bat by Ryan Howard in the fifth inning. He concludes a terrific regular season with a 15-8 record, 3.43 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 128/32 K/BB ratio over 191 2/3 innings.
Oct 1 - 4:17 PM

Bartolo Colon's next start could be pushed back to Sunday if the Mets clinch a Wild Card spot on Friday.

Colon has been battling a sprained tendon in his right foot for a couple weeks and really struggled in his last outing in Miami. Getting the big righty as much rest as possible down the stretch is probably wise.
Sep 30 - 4:29 PM

Mets manager Terry Collins said that Bartolo Colon could start against the Phillies on Friday.

Colon is currently slated to toe the rubber on Saturday. He threw just 47 pitches in his last start, as the Marlins blasted him for seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. And it was later revealed that the big right-hander has been pitching through a sprained tendon in his right foot. One benefit of starting Colon on Friday is that it would line him up on regular rest for the Wild Card Game next Wednesday. Colon would be a fallback option for that elimination game (if the Mets get in) should Noah Syndergaard be needed for a longer outing on Sunday in order to secure a spot.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 28 - 4:23 PM

Bartolo Colon suffered a sprained tendon in his right foot two weeks ago while running the bases.

That might help explain why he got blown up for seven runs over just 2 1/3 innings Monday in a loss to the Marlins. It was the worst start of the season for Colon, whose ERA jumped from 3.12 to 3.42. The hope is he can continue to pitch through the foot injury.
Sep 27 - 5:07 PM

Bartolo Colon had his worst start of the season Monday, yielding seven runs over just 2 1/3 innings in a loss to the Marlins.

It was obvious from the get-go that Colon didn't have anything working in this one. The Marlins were hitting screamers everywhere, totaling eight hits over the big righty's 2 1/3 frames. Colon has been prone to the occasional clunker like this over the last few seasons, but obviously this one came at a bad time. He'll face the Phillies in his final start of the regular season.
Sep 26 - 11:29 PM

Bartolo Colon was solid in Wednesday's game versus the Braves, allowing two runs over 6 2/3 innings while taking a no-decision in a game the Mets eventually lost.

He struck out six without issuing any free passes. He kept the Braves off the scoreboard for six innings before surrendering a two-run homer to catcher Anthony Recker in the seventh. Colon left the game with a lead but closer Jeurys Familia later blew the save and the game. The 43-year-old is having one of the best seasons of his very long career. His record holds at 14-7 with a 3.12 ERA. His only fantasy weakness is strikeouts -- he has just 122 in 184 1/3 innings.
Sep 21 - 11:48 PM

Bartolo Colon spun seven scoreless innings in a 3-0 win over the Twins on Friday.

Just another night at the office for 43-year-old wonder. Colon gave up just three hits (all of them singles) and walked a pair while striking out six. He now sits at 14-7 with a 3.14 ERA and 116/32 K/BB ratio over 177 2/3 innings this season. Not bad for someone who was originally brought back as rotation insurance. He’s been a lifesaver.
Sep 16 - 10:04 PM

Bartolo Colon posted a quality start in a no-decision against the Braves on Saturday, allowing three runs on four hits over his six frames.

Colon walked one and punched out two on the evening. Most of the damage against him was done via the long ball, with Nick Markakis and Matt Kemp each launching solo home runs. The 43-year-old hurler somehow continues to pitch well, registering a 3.27 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 170 2/3 innings on the season. He draws another favorable matchup his next time out, taking on the Twins at home on Friday.
Sep 11 - 12:35 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Tyler Flowers
2Anthony Recker
3Tuffy Gosewisch
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Sean Rodriguez
2Jace Peterson
SS1Dansby Swanson
2Chase d'Arnaud
3Johan Camargo
3B1Adonis Garcia
2Rio Ruiz
LF1Matt Kemp
2Mallex Smith
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Michael Foltynewicz
3R.A. Dickey
4Bartolo Colon
5Jaime Garcia
6Aaron Blair
7Matt Wisler
8Williams Perez
9Tyrell Jenkins
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jim Johnson
2Arodys Vizcaino
3Mauricio Cabrera
4Jose Ramirez
5Ian Krol
6Chris Withrow
7Chaz Roe
8Shae Simmons
9Paco Rodriguez
10Daniel Winkler
11Josh Collmenter
12Jordan Walden
13Sam Freeman