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Mets interested in bringing Bartolo Colon back

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Colon has been a Met for three years and was an invaluable part of the team’s 2016 success.

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The Mets are interested in bringing back Bartolo Colon next year, according to Jon Heyman. He points out that the sides aren’t close to a deal but says “no one would be surprised” if Colon is back in a Mets uniform come 2017.

Colon has been with the Mets for the past three seasons. While he a decent and durable starting pitcher for them in 2014 and 2015, he had his best year with the Mets this year. He 191.2 innings over 33 starts and one relief appearance, Colon had a 3.43 ERA and a 3.99 FIP. As per usual, he was very stingy with walks, and his rate of 1.5 per nine innings was the best among qualified starting pitchers in the National League.

Colon will turn 44 in May, but his age didn’t get in the way of his health this year, either. He didn’t miss his turn in the rotation all season, and of the pitchers who were in the Mets’ Opening Day rotation, only he and Noah Syndergaard were healthy enough to pitch at season’s end.