5 Teams That Should Sign Bartolo Colon
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It remains to be seen what Bartolo Colon has left in the tank at 46 years old, especially since he's been without a job up until this point in the season. However, there are several clubs across the Majors that could use an innings-eating veteran pitcher to make their postseason aspirations a reality.
With that in mind, here are five clubs that should consider signing Bartolo Colon.
1. New York Yankees
The Yankees are sitting pretty at the top of the AL East despite a comical rash of injuries to key players this year, but they could still use some help in their rotation. The club has reportedly been scouting Dallas Keuchel as a possible option to replace J.A. Happ or fill in for James Paxton in the meantime. However, if the 2015 Cy Young Award winner happens to be a little too expensive, bringing in a cheap veteran like Colon could be an option worth considering.
2. San Diego Padres
The Padres are just two games out of a playoff spot in a very crowded NL Wild Card race and if they want to make the postseason for the first time since 2006, they're going to need some help at the back end of their rotation. San Diego has yet to find a consistent fifth starter and with injuries to the unit mounting, the club can use all the help it can get. Colon would be a cheap stop-gap option at the very least and could be that necessary fifth starter if he performs well enough.
3. New York Mets
Pitching was supposed to be a strength for the Mets this year, but their rotation has failed to live up to expectations. Despite their struggles, however, New York is just 4.5 games out of the NL East and two games out of a Wild Card spot at 26-26. Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz are talented enough to turn things around, but Jason Vargas has clearly proven that he doesn't belong in the rotation. Mets management is quite familiar with Colon and he would be a solid cost-effective replacement for the cap-wary club.
4. St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals started the year off hot, but have slowly come back down to earth as the season went along thanks to so many problems with their rotation. Michael Wacha, Adam Wainwright and Dakota Hudson have all struggled to find consistency this year and if St. Louis wants to stay in the NL Wild Card hunt, they'll need to find at least one reliable arm to slot into its rotation. Colon may not be an ideal replacement, but he'll come cheap and the Cardinals should pursue any option they can at this point.
5. Arizona Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks are right in the thick of the NL Wild Card hunt at 28-25, but if they actually want to play in October, they're going to need a better fifth starter. Zack Godley has been absolutely dreadful at the back end of the rotation (7.36 ERA) and should be moved to the bullpen at the very least. Colon would provide Arizona with a postseason-proven pitcher and a back-of-the-rotation innings eater capable of the occasional quality start.
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