• Yankees Sign Bartolo Colon

    Posted by on January 26th, 2011 · Comments (20)

    I guess this means that Sidney Ponson must really be retired.  Via John Harper -

    How desperate are the Yankees for starting pitching? They signed Bartolo Colon Wednesday to a minor-league contract and will take a look at him in spring training to see if he has anything left.

    Colon, 37, couldn’t find a job in the majors last season. The righthander last pitched in the majors in 2009, when he went 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA for the White Sox.

    Colon’s contract is non-guaranteed. If he earns a spot on the major league roster he’ll earn $900,000 plus incentives.

    Comments on Yankees Sign Bartolo Colon

    1. #15
      January 26th, 2011 | 3:17 pm

      Boy, I feel much better now. There will be less pie for Joba at the after-game meals.

    2. MJ Recanati
      January 26th, 2011 | 3:29 pm

      #15 wrote:

      Boy, I feel much better now. There will be less pie for Joba at the after-game meals.

      HAHAHHAHAHA! :-D

    3. MJ Recanati
      January 26th, 2011 | 3:31 pm

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      I’ve never understood why you take these things so seriously or get so upset by them. If Colon has nothing left, the Yanks give him a garbage bag and tell him to clean out his locker in Tampa. If he has something left, the Yankees stand to benefit. There is literally no risk here, with some potential for reward.

    4. Raf
      January 26th, 2011 | 3:33 pm

      Signing Colon to a minor league contract with a NRI hardly indicates desperation.

    5. Jake1
      January 26th, 2011 | 3:36 pm

      Cashman really has had a fantastic off season.

      Publically took shots at his starting SS and legend.

      Didn’t sign Lee.

      Can’t get Andy back.

      Bitched about adding the 2nd best closer in the baseball.

      All he added to the team was a 4th OF and a lefty reliever who has had 90+ appearances the past 3 years.

      Good thing we aren’t going into the season with Mitre in the rotation or anything.

    6. January 26th, 2011 | 3:49 pm

      MJ Recanati wrote:

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      I’ve never understood why you take these things so seriously or get so upset by them. If Colon has nothing left, the Yanks give him a garbage bag and tell him to clean out his locker in Tampa. If he has something left, the Yankees stand to benefit. There is literally no risk here, with some potential for reward.

      Colon is not worth the expense of the meal money that it will cost to feed him while Girardi finds out that he must be cut.

      Plus, it sends a terrible message: “Look at us, we’re so desperate to find a dime in a lump of shit that we’re willing to have you crap on us.”

      Really. They’re the NEW YORK YANKEES. Highest payroll in the league. And, they need SP so bad that they’re willing to give Bartolo Colon a NRI. Oh, my, god. It’s embarrasing.

      Plus, I don’t care what he did in the Winter Leagues or wherever. I think Luis Polonia is 50 years old and still winning batting titles in the Winter Leagues. Those stats are a joke.

    7. LMJ229
      January 26th, 2011 | 3:57 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Plus, it sends a terrible message: “Look at us, we’re so desperate to find a dime in a lump of shit that we’re willing to have you crap on us.”

      EVERYONE already knows the Yankees are desperate for starting pitching -the Colon signing doesn’t change that. It is not that bad a signing – it is a non-guaranteed, minor league contract.

    8. jrk
      January 26th, 2011 | 4:14 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Colon is not worth the expense of the meal money that it will cost to feed him while Girardi finds out that he must be cut.

      If you really think that, I’m glad that you don’t run my business or investment portfolio.

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Really. They’re the NEW YORK YANKEES. Highest payroll in the league.

      Why does it matter what team they are? Or how much their payroll is? It has nothing to do with making a NO-RISK, potential reward investment.

    9. January 26th, 2011 | 4:16 pm

      Maybe Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino should be the GM of the Yankees? He knows a grenade when it shows up on his doorstep. And, Bartolo Colon is a grenade.

    10. January 26th, 2011 | 4:18 pm

      jrk wrote:

      It has nothing to do with making a NO-RISK, potential reward investment.

      Dude. REALLY. Where’s the reward in Colon? When was the last time he was an effective MLB pitcher? What’s he been doing since then? What condition is he in? Why was he not able to get a big league deal with ANYONE? He’s toast. Been toast. Toast doesn’t come back to life. There’s no reward here. It’s a total waste of time. And, a desperation move by Cashman. It reeks.

    11. Evan3457
      January 26th, 2011 | 4:18 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Maybe Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino should be the GM of the Yankees? He knows a grenade when it shows up on his doorstep. And, Bartolo Colon is a grenade.

      Steve, you’re losing it.

      There is NO harm in signing Colon minor-league, NRI. None.
      If he has something left, he might help. Chances? 1%
      If he has nothing left, he’ll be cut.

      Mountain, meet molehill.

    12. Evan3457
      January 26th, 2011 | 4:24 pm

      Jake1 wrote:

      Cashman really has had a fantastic off season.Publically took shots at his starting SS and legend.Didn’t sign Lee.Can’t get Andy back.Bitched about adding the 2nd best closer in the baseball.All he added to the team was a 4th OF and a lefty reliever who has had 90+ appearances the past 3 years.Good thing we aren’t going into the season with Mitre in the rotation or anything.

      Not all that bad, really.

      His public shots at the legend moved the legend and his agent off square one, and toward the Yankees’ position.

      Lee didn’t want to sign with anyone but the Phillies. Nothing Cashman could do about that.

      Nothing he can really do about Andy wanting to retire, either.

      They needed a 4th outfielder who can actually play the OF, and hit right-handed, and he got one at a reasonable price.

      The lefty had 90 appearances in only the last year, but has pitched less than 180 innings in the last 3 seasons. Overpriced? Yes, he is.

      He was right to bitch about Soriano; it’s a damm waste of team resources and unnecessary to boot. They could’ve signed Rauch at 1/3 the salary, and kept their draft, and not given a division rival ANOTHER high pick. Soriano may well pitch very well, but they didn’t have to commit potentially $35 million for 3 years which will ALL have to be paid even in Soriano injures his elbow (again) in the 1st of the 3 years.

      Mitre may well open the season in the rotation. Doubt he’s still there by June 1st, unless he actually deserves to be.

    13. MJ Recanati
      January 26th, 2011 | 4:36 pm

      Jake1 wrote:

      Publically took shots at his starting SS and legend.

      Not true. But, even if he had, I hardly see why this would be a big deal. Jeter and his agent took shots as well. It’s called negotiating in public to gain leverage and both sides engaged in it. Jeter is not a sacred cow. He’s a 37 year old shortstop with declining skills. Sometimes the truth can be very painful, especially to aging athletes who don’t always see the truth when they look in the mirror.

      Jake1 wrote:

      Didn’t sign Lee.

      Not his fault.

      Jake1 wrote:

      Can’t get Andy back.

      Also not his fault.

      Jake1 wrote:

      Bitched about adding the 2nd best closer in the baseball.

      Bitched about spending $35M for a setup man with flyball tendencies whose translation to a hitter’s park with a weaker defense should yield results below what we saw of him in 2010 in Tampa. It’s a waste of money.

      Jake1 wrote:

      All he added to the team was a 4th OF and a lefty reliever who has had 90+ appearances the past 3 years.

      Who should he have signed instead?

    14. MJ Recanati
      January 26th, 2011 | 4:39 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Dude. REALLY. Where’s the reward in Colon? When was the last time he was an effective MLB pitcher? What’s he been doing since then? What condition is he in? Why was he not able to get a big league deal with ANYONE? He’s toast. Been toast. Toast doesn’t come back to life. There’s no reward here. It’s a total waste of time. And, a desperation move by Cashman. It reeks.

      You’re making a mountain out of a molehill. You really don’t understand the old saying “don’t sweat the small stuff.”

    15. Raf
      January 26th, 2011 | 4:58 pm

      Steve Lombardi wrote:

      Dude. REALLY. Where’s the reward in Colon? When was the last time he was an effective MLB pitcher? What’s he been doing since then? What condition is he in? Why was he not able to get a big league deal with ANYONE? He’s toast. Been toast. Toast doesn’t come back to life. There’s no reward here. It’s a total waste of time. And, a desperation move by Cashman. It reeks.

      Wally Whitehurst? Joe Ausanio? Steve Howe? Len Barker? Jack Lazorko?

      All NRI’s, all invited to Yankees camp at one time or another.

      I’m sure in all the years you’ve watched baseball, you’ve seen pitchers like this invited to ST camp. C’mon, now.

    16. MJ Recanati
      January 26th, 2011 | 5:23 pm

      @ Steve:

      A little brain-teaser for you:

      1) I am a former Cy Young Award winning pitcher. In the three seasons before my final season in baseball, I pitched a total of 269.2 innings (average of 90 per season) and had an ERA+ of 91. In my final season, despite being clearly far off my once-great abilities, the defending champions of baseball came calling and asked me to pitch for them down the stretch and I even pitched in the most important game of their season!

      2) I am a former Cy Young Award winning pitcher. In my final four seasons I pitched a total of 257 innings (average of 64 per season) and had an ERA+ of 89.

      ************

      The answer to #1 is Pedro Martinez, who was completely and positively wiped out after his debut season with the Mets in 2005. He couldn’t stay healthy and, in the two seasons where he managed to pitch over 100 innings for them, he was alternatively below-average (2006) and rotten (2008).

      Yet, somehow, the Phillies — the defending champs and a team with a healthy $113M payroll — the same team that traded for certifiable ace Cliff Lee, decided to give him the ball for nine regular season starts and three playoff starts, including the critical Game 6 elimination game vs. the Yankees in the World Series.

      The answer to #2 is Bartolo Colon. Practically the same problems in recent seasons (injuries, ineffectiveness), nearly identical workload and below-average results.

      I don’t see why it’s a bad move for the Yankees to check in on Bartolo Colon. In all likelihood, he’s totally wiped out and won’t even last the full six weeks of spring training. In all likelihood, he and Mark Prior will be sitting next to each other on the bus that ships them back to the baseball graveyard. And yet, somehow, you just never know if something good can happen. The Yankees lose nothing by trying.

      Frankly, I think you’re the only one that gets bothered by these signings. For all of the talk of desperation, I hardly see how this is any different than what other teams do in spring training all the time. You’ve lost all matter of perspective and objectivity here and, as I said, you’re worrying about things that are barely a pimple on the ass of a gnat.

    17. January 26th, 2011 | 5:42 pm

      I got two names for you.

      Dustin Moseley. Marcus Thames. Both minor-league non-roster invitees to Spring Training. Both provided something to the team during the season.

      Nothing wrong with seeing what can come of this.

    18. BOHAN
      January 26th, 2011 | 6:42 pm

      when i woke today i had a text that said “Yankees have signed Bartolo Colon to a minor league contract.” I laughed and went back to sleep. Thats how much this signingmatters to me. If he makes the team and contributes in some positive way thats great if he doesnt and gets cut or spends the season in the minors or something… o well.

    19. Evan3457
      January 27th, 2011 | 12:28 am

      ….aaaaannnnnd, of course, first comes the headline, then the instant analaysis, and, later on, the team’s actual thinking, from LoHud Yankees’ Blog:

      UPDATE, 12:10 p.m.: Buster Olney notes that Colon was pitching for Tony Pena’s team this winter, so the Yankees got a good look at him. Colon will make $900,000 if he makes the team.

      So…if Cashman signs a guy based on the recommendation of his 1st base coach, a former major league player and manager, who also happens to be the bench coach for his team, and he signs him to a no-risk minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to spring training just to see…

      …well, it’s still cause to call him an idiot, and sufficient to have a volcanic eruption over.

    20. MJ Recanati
      January 27th, 2011 | 7:39 am

      Evan3457 wrote:

      if Cashman signs a guy based on the recommendation of his 1st base coach, a former major league player and manager, who also happens to be the bench coach for his team

      And a former MLB catcher, at that. Pena probably knows a thing or two about pitching, I’d bet.

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