The jokes are seemingly endless, but the risk is minimal (Olney’s Twitter):
I refuse to call this a consolation prize. You can’t make me, either. But MLBTR does:
Colon is a consolation prize for a Yankees team that has a thin rotation despite its fat checkbook.
Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Yankees have signed Colon to a minor league deal (Twitter link). Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Colon will earn $900K in the majors (Twitter link).
Colon, 38 in May, last pitched in the majors for the 2009 White Sox. He started 12 games for Chicago and posted a 4.19 ERA with 5.5 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and a 44.4% ground ball rate in 62 1/3 innings. Before that he pitched for the Red Sox, where he was effective for a seven-start stint in 2008. Colon’s last standout season came in 2005, when he won the Cy Young Award for the Angels.
If he’s good enough to make the team, he costs nothing. If he reverts to BFB (Big Fat Bartolo), he costs less. Continue reading Yanks sign Bartolo Colon to minor league deal