Bartolo Colon thinks he can pitch three more years

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Susan Slusser spoke with the veteran A’s starter. He’s not ready to hang it up yet:

 

I suppose if it’s cheap enough. But really, you go year-to-year with Colon, I figure.

That said, why not bring him back next year? He went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA this year. Led the league with three shutouts. Ate 190 innings and made the All-Star game. No, he’s not likely to repeat that, but he obviously still has something left in the tank.

You rely on young guys like Sonny Gray to be the future aces, but having Colon around to take the ball almost every fifth day is pretty darn valuable over the course of a 162-game season.

Fernando Rodney gives up walk-off homer to Gary Sanchez

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The Fernando Rodney Experience hasn’t been a good one for the Twins thus far. The veteran closer served up three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to the Yankees on Thursday afternoon, erasing a 4-1 lead and blowing his third save in five opportunities.

In the ninth, Didi Gregorius reached on a throwing error by Miguel Sano. Giancarlo Stanton then singled, and Gary Sanchez followed up with a walk-off three-run home run.

Rodney, 41, now sports a 6.75 ERA on the year. He inked a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Twins back in December. The club has an option for next year worth $4.25 million. If things keep going the way they’re going, the Twins aren’t going to want to pick up that option.

The Twins may even want to think about moving Ryan Pressly or Addison Reed into the closer’s role, even if just temporarily. Pressly has been terrific, tossing 13 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts. Reed has a 2.25 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings.