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Mets working to bring back Bartolo Colon

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Jon Niese's departure opens the door for Colon to stick around in New York's starting rotation.

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

After agreeing to trade Jon Niese to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Neil Walker, the Mets are now making push to bring back  Bartolo Colon, according to Newsday's Marc Carig. The fan-favorite starting pitcher, who will turn 43 next May, seemed like a long-shot to return to New York after two years with the team.

But trading Niese creates a vacancy at the back of the Mets' rotation, at least until Zack Wheeler returns from Tommy John surgery. Colon, who had a 4.16 ERA in 194.2 innings in the 2015 regular season, offers a temporary solution. Even before they traded Niese, the Mets had interest in re-signing Colon as a swing man who would pitch in a long-relief role and make spot starts when necessary. Now, he'd have an opportunity to begin 2016 in the starting rotation.

The Mets could also replace Niese a younger in-house alternative like Logan Verrett or Rafael Montero, but Colon is a known commodity. Besides, who doesn't want to see more Bartolo at-bats?