Bartolo Colon and the A’s made their one-year deal official yesterday, as the 38-year-old right-hander passed his physical exam.
Colon, who made just $900,000 last season on a minor-league deal with the Yankees, will get a big-league deal worth $2 million in guaranteed money this time around.
Oakland has shed all kinds of major-league talent this offseason, including trading starters Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill, Guillermo Moscoso, and Josh Outman, so the A’s simply needed someone to cheaply give them innings and Colon showed last season that he’s still capable of getting big-league hitters out with a 4.00 ERA and 135/40 K/BB ratio in 164 innings.
It was his first time throwing more than 100 innings since way back in 2005, when he won an undeserved Cy Young award with the Angels.
The Dodgers have reportedly agreed to a one-year deal with free agent right-hander Tom Koehler, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. The team has yet to officially announce the signing, which is currently pending a physical.
Following a mostly-productive five-year run with the Marlins, the 31-year-old flamed out in 12 starts for Miami in 2017, eventually coming over to the Blue Jays in a midseason trade for minor leaguer Osman Gutierrez. He made a successful transition to the bullpen and finished the season on a high note, pitching to a 2.65 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 in 17 innings.
Koehler was non-tendered by the Blue Jays earlier this month and had attracted a fair amount of interest around the league prior to his signing. He’s expected to reprise his role as a middle reliever in Los Angeles, though Cotillo speculates that he could also bring some depth and balance to the Dodgers’ lefty-heavy rotation.