Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that free agent pitcher Bartolo Colon has agreed to a deal with the Atlanta Braves. The deal is pending a physical. Terms of the deal have not been revealed. UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal says the deal will be for one year and $12.5 million.
Colon has spent the past three seasons with the Mets. Despite the fact he’ll turn 44 early in the 2017 season, he is still a solid starter, having gone 44-32 with a 3.90 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 415/86 in 588.2 innings over those three seasons. His key to success has been throwing strikes, having led the league in fewest walks per nine innings pitched for the past two years.
At some point the bottom is going to drop out for Colon — age remains undefeated — but on the Braves he’s not expected to be an ace or, in all likelihood, will he be expected to pitch in anything approach a playoff race. Rather, he’s going to be expected to eat innings for a team that is still rebuilding and there is no reason to think he can’t do just that. In this he’s basically a similar pitcher to R.A. Dickey, whom the Braves signed earlier this week.
I have no idea how the Braves are going to do next season, but they’re gonna be fun to watch.