Say it ain’t so, Sandy!
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson did not seem too interested in bringing back love-able starting pitcher Bartolo Colon for 2017, despite posting an ERA in the 3’s and leading the team in wins in 2016.
Previous reports indicated that both the Mets and Colon were interested in reuniting in 2017, but now that Colon is supposedly looking for a 2 year deal, the Mets seem to have fallen back in their interest.
Alderson was asked about Colon. He mentioned Mets’ pitching depth. So, re-signging him doesn’t seem like a high priority.
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) November 8, 2016
According to Newsday’s Marc Craig, Sandy Alderson cited the Mets starting pitching depth as a reason the Mets don’t need to make keeping Colon a priority. The return of Zach Wheeler, as well as the emergence of pitchers Robert Gsellman and Gabriel Ynoa make Colon a bit more expendable next season.
Personally, I’d like the Mets to find a way to keep Colon. He has been so good for the Mets over the last couple years, and has exceeded all expectations of him. Plus, he’s a fat pitcher, how could you not love him.
At the same time, I understand if the Mets aren’t comfortably with giving a 43 year old starting pitcher a multi-year contract.
It should be an interesting off-season in Queens for sure, as the Mets look to build for 2017.