The Oakland Athletics have signed right-hander Bartolo Colon
to a one-year, $3 million contract with a “good incentives package,” reports
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Colon has a $3 million base salary and a good incentives package, source says. #Athletics
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) November 3, 2012
Colon was off to another impressive start in 2012 before he
was suspended 50 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
Given Colon’s age, he’ll turn 40 next season, and his failed drug test, there
were questions surrounding the right-hander’s future in Major League Baseball.
However, the team with the most recent knowledge of Colon
didn’t let the veteran sit on the market for long. The A’s have a rotation full
of young arms, and Colon figures to be a solid complimentary pitcher if he can
reproduce the promise he showed over his first 24 starts with the club.
Colon logged 152 1/3 innings with the A’s last season,
posting an ERA and WHIP of 3.42 and 1.208 with 5.4 strikeouts per nine and 1.4
walks per nine. Over 15 years in the majors he’s maintained an ERA of 4.05.
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