Former Oakland A’s pitcher Bartolo Colon wants one more season in the majors, even though his preference does not involve the west coast.
Bartolo Colon has seemingly pitched everywhere in the majors. The former Oakland A’s hurler has pitched for a total of 11 teams, some with more success than others. Yet, throughout it all, Colon has been a fan favorite, an everyman whose girth belied the fact that he was a solid pitcher throughout most of his career.
At nearly 47 years old, and after 21 years in the majors, one could understand if Colon was ready to call it a career. However, he is still looking to return to the mound, and had signed a contract to pitch with the Acereros de Monclova in the Mexican League. There, he was set to team up with another former member of the A’s, Rajai Davis.
The Mexican League is not the end goal for Colon. Instead, he is still looking to return to the majors for one more season before hanging up the spikes, with his preference to return to the Mets.
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Colon spent two seasons with the A’s, essentially resurrecting his career in the process. In that time, he posted a 28-15 record, along with a 2.99 ERA and a 1.185 WHiP, striking out 208 batters with 52 walks in 342.2 innings. Colon was an All Star as a 40 year old in 2013, leading the AL with three shutouts.
Those two seasons led to his tenure with the Mets, Initially signed to a two year deal worth $20 million, Colon returned for a final year in New York in 2016, a one year contract worth $7.25 million. He had some of his most memorable moments with the Mets, particularly his astonishing home run that essentially broke James Shields.
While Colon was solid during his run with the Mets, he has not been the same pitcher in recent years. His final two seasons in the majors were underwhelming, his blowouts becoming more frequent. And he missed the entire 2019 campaign before agreeing to that deal to pitch in Mexico. It is hard to see a major league team, even one interested in pitching depth, taking that long of a look at Colon at this juncture.
Bartolo Colon wants to pitch one more season in the majors. No matter how much he wants that to happen, it is difficult to imagine that he will get the chance.