For Monday’s rumor at the winter meetings, let’s look at Bartolo Colon.
Colon is a free agent, and with him, there’s a lot to talk about. There was the 50-game PED suspension in 2012, his age (40) and his weight (a reported 265 lbs.)
With the retirements of Andy Pettitte and Roy Halladay, Colon is the third leading active winner in baseball. His 189 wins trail only CC Sabathia and Tim Hudson, who have 205.
Colon presumably could be had fairly cheaply and for not very long. He was 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA and made $3 million for the Oakland Athletics in 2013.
He wouldn’t cost a draft choice. Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana would. Nor would he command a three or four-year contract like Bronson Arroyo or Matt Garza.
Colon is 12-8 with a 3.25 ERA against the Orioles and 5-7 with a 3.33 ERA at Oriole Park.
Halladay signed a one-day contract to retire with Toronto. He was a true Orioles killer, going 20-4 with a 2.89 ERA against them.
He had a sparkling record of 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA with the Blue Jays and Phillies. Halladay threw 67 complete games and 20 shutouts, numbers that may be unequaled in future years.