Bartolo Colon has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Mets.
The deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Colon also received offers from other teams but preferred to stay with the Mets due to his fans, teammates and organization, Rosenthal reports.
Initial reports of the deal came from the Dominican Republic, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
The veteran pitcher spent the past two seasons with the Mets, and after Jon Niese’s departure to join the Pirates, reports indicated there was mutual interest between Colon and the team. Rosenthal reported that many teams had interest in the 43-year-old right hander, who went 14–13 with a 4.16 ERA in 33 appearances (31 start) last season.
Colon holds a career 3.97 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 18 major-league seasons and became a fan favorite in New York for his on-field demeanor and often entertaining attempts at hitting, in addition to his longevity and sustained effectiveness.
Colon will likely serve as the team’s fifth starter behind Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz with Zack Wheeler still recovering from Tommy John surgery and looking at a mid-season return.
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