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Monday, December 9, 2013

MLB Notes: Market for Bartolo Colon begins to take shape


By on 12/09/2013 04:50:00 PM

The market for free agent starter Bartolo Colon has been slow to develop this winter, as concerns over his age, injury history, and previous suspension for PED usage have many clubs reluctant to acquiesce to his lofty contract demands.

With the Winter Meetings in full swing however, teams appear to be quickly changing their approach as Colon's representative Adam Katz, was known to have entertained a meeting with the New York Mets brass earlier this morning. Colon, who reportedly was looking for multi-year deal at the onset of free agency, may now been willing to take a one-year contract, providing his salary is greater than $10 mm.
Colon, experienced a renaissance in Oakland last season, leading the Athletics to their second consecutive Western Division title. Posting a 2.65 ERA, with 5.5 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9, he was rewarded with his third career All-Star selection.

With the Athletics essentially replacing Colon in the rotation with free agent signing Scott Kazmir, it appears that the door has slammed shut for a 2014 reunion. Expanded on the emerging market, Peter Gammons revealed on the MLB Network that the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays are two more teams to have kicked the tires on the former Cy Young.

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