Bartolo Colon not preparing to retire yet

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Mets starter Bartolo Colon may be 42 years old — 43 in May — but the right-hander isn’t thinking about retiring yet, unlike Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, who announced he would retire when his contract expires following the 2017 season. Newsday’s Marc Carig has the report on Colon:

“You could say the thought’s crossed my mind,” said the 42-year-old Colon, Rodriguez’s former teammate with the Yankees. “But as soon as the offseason hits, you just can’t wait to be back. This is my job. I want to be back at my job, and I want to be back with my teammates because I like my family.”

Colon re-upped with the Mets back in December on a one-year deal worth $7.25 million. He has served the Mets well as a durable innings-eater, accruing 397 of them over 62 starts since the start of the 2014 season. He has an aggregate 4.13 ERA in that span of time.

The rest of the Mets’ rotation features young pitchers with high upside: Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Steven Matz. That also includes Zack Wheeler, who is expected to return in July after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Once Wheeler returns, Colon may contribute out of the bullpen as he did during the playoffs last year. That possibility doesn’t bother Colon, who said, “They’ll do with me whatever they want to do with me,” and added, “I just want to help the team out.”