The Mets might have to postpone that reunion with Bartolo Colon for a while. The 44-year-old right-hander signed a minor league deal with the Twins on Friday, just one day after he was officially released by the Braves. Colon will report to Triple-A Rochester, per MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger.
It’s been a rough year for the veteran right-hander, who followed his fourth career All-Star season with an 8.14 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 over 63 innings with the Braves this summer. He went just 2-8 in 13 starts and was designated for assignment shortly after a four-loss streak, during which he gave up 30 runs on 32 hits and nine walks in a 15-inning span.
Colon is still owed the rest of his $12.5 million salary in 2017, but the Twins will only be on the hook for the minimum rate for any time he incurs in the majors. The Braves, meanwhile, are expected to absorb whatever remains of his salary this year. As for whether or not Minnesota will continue to bolster their pitching staff as the trade deadline nears, chief baseball officer Derek Falvey had this cryptic answer at the ready:
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.