The A’s found veteran pitching depth in a familiar face on Saturday, signing right-hander Bartolo Colon to a one-year contract.
The deal, according to a baseball source, is worth $3 million and includes potential performance bonuses.
“One of the reasons I think we won a lot last year was because of the depth in our rotation, and we’ve still got such a young staff,” said general manager Billy Beane. “Bart was so good for us last year, and given the cost of those type of players, we thought it was the best thing for us next year.”
This is despite Colon’s early departure from the 2012 campaign because of a 50-game drug suspension, after he posted a 10-9 record and 3.43 ERA in 24 starts for the A’s. He still has five games remaining on his ban.
“When he serves his suspension, he’ll have paid his dues as laid down by the labor agreement,” said Beane.
“We liked the way he pitched on the field,” said Beane. “We liked his performance on the field. His on-the-field performance is the reason for this decision. I think he showed how beneficial throwing strikes are. I think that was the best influence he could have had on our young guys.”
Posted: November 03, 2012 at 06:54 PM | 28 comment(s)
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