Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Reax: Mets add Colon, rotation takes shape
By Adam Rubin
What it means: The Mets needed someone to offset the loss of Matt Harvey for the 2014 season. Landing Bartolo Colon on a two-year, $20 million deal is about the best cushion the Mets could have accomplished within reasonable spending parameters. Colon finished second in the American League with a 2.65 ERA this past season and finished sixth in the league's Cy Young balloting. He also logged 190 1/3 innings.
Starting five: Colon joins Jonathon Niese, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee as four-fifths of the rotation. The fifth pitcher might be internal -- Jenrry Mejia, or potentially Rafael Montero or Jacob deGrom. Or, conceivably, the Mets could re-sign Daisuke Matsuzaka, Aaron Harang or someone of that ilk. Regardless, it's merely biding time for top prospect Noah Syndergaard to make his debut in June or July.
"Excellent signing by the Mets," one NL scout told ESPNNewYork.com. "The Mets have had a productive 72 hours. Wheeler, Niese, Colon, Gee and darkhorse Montero. I would take my chances with that rotation!"
Money talks: Was this a reaction to fan-base griping over the Mets seemingly being done with big-ticket additions after the Curtis Granderson signing on a four-year, $60 million deal? A Mets insider insisted no -- that this was in the works Tuesday, as Granderson was being introduced. Still, GM Sandy Alderson had hinted earlier in the week that the Mets were not going beyond one year for a starting pitcher and would not have any more contracts in the Granderson range ($13 million in 2014) unless they first subtracted payroll.
What's next: The Mets still need to subtract a first baseman. Clearly, dealing Ike Davis is the priority. The Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays and Pittsburgh Pirates appear the potential landing spots. But Alderson says he will not just give Davis away.