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Saturday, December 19, 2015

McCarron: Bartolo Colon’s new Mets contract includes $50K bonus if he wins Silver Slugger award

Is this the most awesome contract clause in the history of the game?

Bartolo Colon’s delightful at-bats have become must-see moments in Met games recently and now he’s got a nifty incentive to continue his recent improvement at the plate.

Colon, according to Jon Heyman of cbssports.com, has a $50,000 bonus clause in his new Met contract related to hitting – he collects the cash if he wins the National League Silver Slugger award for pitchers.

Preposterous, you say, based on some of the highlight-reel swings you’ve seen, where Colon takes a cut, misses and his helmet flies off? Well, the 42-year-old pitcher worked hard on his hitting last year and it showed, whether he carried his bat on the way down the first-base line or not.

After going 2-for-62 (.032) in 2014, Colon made a point of improving his swing. Last year, he had a career-high eight hits in 58 at-bats (.138) and knocked in a career-best four runs. He even trimmed his strikeouts from 33 to 24.

There is serious competition in the NL for the award though – San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner has won the last two. Last year, Bumgarner blasted five home runs while batting .247 (19-for-77).

JEe (Jason) Posted: December 19, 2015 at 05:40 PM | 3 comment(s)
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