Reaction Roundup: The Mets' Bartolo Colon signing

Ezra Shaw

What does the baseball world think of the Mets' signing of veteran starter Bartolo Colon?

Rumor has it that the Mets have agreed to a two-year contract with starting pitcher Bartolo Colon. Here are some reactions to the signing:

  • Marc Carig tweeted that the signing is a risk due to Colon's age and PED history but he can't blame them for taking that risk.
  • Adam Rubin passed along a couple of positive quotes from scouts.
  • Mets' beat writer Anthony DiComo says that the team only risked money with Colon's signing and would still have a full rotation in 2015 even if he falls apart.
  • Mike Puma reminds us that this contract is the largest contract that the Mets have given out to a free agent starting pitcher since Oliver Perez's infamous 3/36 deal in 2009. AHHH, STOP IT!
  • Matthew Cerrone of Metsblog likes the signing, even if it may be a somewhat needed overpay.
  • New Mets' outfielder Chris Young (presumably) tweeted about the signing. Young played with Colon in Oakland last season.
  • Dan Szymborski of ZIPS tweeted that the projection system values Colon at two years and $19.1 million. He also tweeted some near-age performance comps for Colon.
  • Eno Sarris writes at Fangraphs that Colon is an "unreliable workhorse" and though the deal looks like a good one, the righty has large risk markers.
  • Keith Law thinks that the signing is smart and that the Mets could have a "sneaky good rotation".
  • Jesse Spector thinks this deal shows that the Mets are headed in the right direction.
  • Finally, Kevin Burkhardt tweets that in signing Colon, the Mets did what they had to do.
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