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Saturday, November 03, 2012

A’s sign veteran righty Colon to one-year deal

You can’t spell Bra Loot without Bartolo!

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.”

Repoz Posted: November 03, 2012 at 06:54 PM | 28 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bourbon Samurai in Asia Posted: November 03, 2012 at 08:11 PM (#4292114)
huh. Not a bad deal I guess.
   2. Anonymous Observer Posted: November 03, 2012 at 09:09 PM (#4292164)
Does this mean that, because he's used PEDs, the A's are not allowed to win the World Series next year? I'm getting all of these unofficial-but-should-be-official-because-I'm-holier-than-thou rules regardingn PEDs confused.
   3. Everybody Loves Tyrus Raymond Posted: November 03, 2012 at 10:04 PM (#4292223)
Does this mean that, because he's used PEDs, the A's are not allowed to win the World Series next year?


No, the A's are not allowed to win the World Series because they're the A's.
   4. Anonymous Observer Posted: November 03, 2012 at 10:07 PM (#4292230)
No, the A's are not allowed to win the World Series because they're the A's.


That's right. They aren't even allowed to compete until they get a new stadium.
   5. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: November 03, 2012 at 11:13 PM (#4292293)
This is good I guess. They can use an innings eater.
   6. Austin Posted: November 03, 2012 at 11:52 PM (#4292359)
Perhaps I'm alone in this, but Colon is one of my absolute favorite pitchers to watch. That two-seamer is one of the most delightful pitches in baseball - the horizontal movement is just cartoonish. And, of course, who could forget the 38 consecutive strikes?
   7. Bhaakon Posted: November 04, 2012 at 12:01 AM (#4292375)
Does this mean that, because he's used PEDs, the A's are not allowed to win the World Series next year? I'm getting all of these unofficial-but-should-be-official-because-I'm-holier-than-thou rules regardingn PEDs confused.


No, that's only for hitters. Everyone knows that PEDs only help hitting.
   8. shock Posted: November 04, 2012 at 12:09 AM (#4292386)
No, that's only for hitters. Everyone knows that PEDs only help hitting.


Except for Roger Clemens.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: November 04, 2012 at 12:26 AM (#4292401)
Does this mean that, because he's used PEDs, the A's are not allowed to win the World Series next year?

They've asked for an exemption under what is now known as the Guillermo Moto Clause. However, given the A's also had Manny in the organization in 2012, this is likely to be denied by MLB's Unwritten Rules Committee.
   10. SM Posted: November 04, 2012 at 01:29 AM (#4292426)
This is good I guess. They can use an innings eater.


Well he definitely can eat.
   11. Willie Mayspedes Posted: November 04, 2012 at 01:36 AM (#4292429)
Melky cabrera disagrees
   12. Bhaakon Posted: November 04, 2012 at 07:30 AM (#4292479)
Melky cabrera disagrees


I hate people who whine about the hormones in Melk, yet have no qualms about hitting the pharmacy at the first sign of Colon trouble.
   13. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: November 04, 2012 at 02:34 PM (#4292645)
I hate people who whine about the hormones in Melk, yet have no qualms about hitting the pharmacy at the first sign of Colon trouble.


Bravo!
   14. stealfirstbase Posted: November 04, 2012 at 03:02 PM (#4292660)
The A's just really don't care about steroids, do they?
   15. rlc Posted: November 04, 2012 at 03:08 PM (#4292662)
Does this mean that, because he's used PEDs, the A's are not allowed to win the World Series next year?


Source of A's Playoff Sh1t Problem Found in Colon.
   16. Jason Michael(s) Bourn Identity Crisis Posted: November 05, 2012 at 12:26 AM (#4293017)
PED users are the new market inefficiency.
   17. Bug Selig Posted: November 05, 2012 at 08:48 AM (#4293096)
who could forget the 38 consecutive strikes?


Brandon McCarthy
   18. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: November 05, 2012 at 08:57 AM (#4293097)
Speaking of McCarthy...it will be disappointing to me if they bring Colon back at the expense of McCarthy. I'm assuming Colon coming back means either McCarthy is gone or one of the young pitchers will be traded or, maybe, both.
   19. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: November 05, 2012 at 09:27 AM (#4293110)

The A's just really don't care about steroids, do they?

Institutional knowledge
   20. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: November 05, 2012 at 10:27 AM (#4293135)
Speaking of McCarthy...it will be disappointing to me if they bring Colon back at the expense of McCarthy. I'm assuming Colon coming back means either McCarthy is gone or one of the young pitchers will be traded or, maybe, both.


Does Colon block McCarthy because of the $$ or because of spots in the rotation? Is $3mill really that big of a deal in Oakland?
   21. Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: November 05, 2012 at 10:34 AM (#4293139)
Does Colon block McCarthy because of the $$ or because of spots in the rotation? Is $3mill really that big of a deal in Oakland?

Right now you have Anderson/Colon/Griffin/Millone/Parker with Straily and Peacock coming up. There's room for McCarthy but it would force one of the other 5 to be a swingman, or for McCarthy to take that role, and I imagine there will be a fair demand for him, assuming he's healthy and ready to go. I don't know what they're planning but IF it was a choice between Colon and McCarthy, I'll be sad they chose Colon.
   22. Cris E Posted: November 05, 2012 at 11:25 AM (#4293195)
Speaking of McCarthy...it will be disappointing to me if they bring Colon back at the expense of McCarthy. I'm assuming Colon coming back means either McCarthy is gone or one of the young pitchers will be traded or, maybe, both.

I think the fact that the league is awash in cash and the available starting pitchers are not awesome is going to be the biggest problem. When someone offers McCarthy a lot of money, the A's have other options on the mound and can take a little longer view. They may still want to sign him, but now they don't *have* to sign him.
   23. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: November 05, 2012 at 11:28 AM (#4293203)
#17 is awful but funny.
   24. President of the David Eckstein Fan Club Posted: November 05, 2012 at 11:36 AM (#4293219)
The folks over at AthleticsNation think Beane might try to deal arms for a shortstop (they specifically mentioned Adrusbal Cabrera).

I, too, would really miss McCarthy if he doesn't come back
   25. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 05, 2012 at 01:43 PM (#4293388)
Does Colon block McCarthy because of the $$ or because of spots in the rotation? Is $3mill really that big of a deal in Oakland?


Man, that's horrible - first McCarthy had to have brain surgery, and now he's got to deal with Colon blockage too?
   26. Poster Nutbag Posted: November 05, 2012 at 03:20 PM (#4293515)
SO many good ones here, but #12 has actually made my girlfriend register and follow the site for good now. Thank you SO much, most sincerely. She's also wanting to know how we make our way to the next SABR convention....

As to the topic, I was just thinking about this during a lot of driving this weekend and have to think a trade of surplus young arms for a quality bat might finally be in the works. Maybe Beane finally gets that F'n A trade done. McCarthy and Colon stay as veteran presence for the kids.
   27. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: November 05, 2012 at 05:12 PM (#4293627)
Steroids does not help Beane's sh*t in the playoffs. Neither will a new Colon.
   28. Jose Canusee Posted: November 05, 2012 at 09:11 PM (#4293845)
"You can’t spell Bra Loot without Bartolo!"

Carb-o-lot Loon was the best I could come up with.

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