The Boston Red Sox have agreed to a minor league contract with 2005 Cy Young award winner, Bartolo Colon.
On Tuesday, the 34-year-old is expected to attend Red Sox spring training as a non-roster invite.
With Curt Schilling on the DL until at least the All-Star break, the Sox are hoping that Colon can give some depth to their bullpen, or even better, earn a role as the 5th starter in the rotation.
Colon, however, does carry some health issues of his own.
Last year, he suffered a tear in his rotator cuff, and was subsequently plagued with elbow problems. During his time as a member of the Angels in 2007, he carried a record of 6-8 with an ERA of 6.34 in 19 games.
These numbers are certainly not indicative of Colon’s caliber as a pitcher, rather, they represent his struggles to stay healthy.
Although this may not seem like a noteworthy move from a Red Sox perspective, given Colon’s recent decline, there is no doubt that a $1 million dollar contract and a chance to compete for a role on a championship team is a deal that could potentially leave both parties grinning.
If Colon, like Borat, has great success, Red Sox management ends up looking like the board of Mensa.
And if Colon turns out to be a bust, well, it’s not the end of the world. Your team is still a contender, and at the end of the day, you really haven’t lost any money.
One more thing: Prior to talks with the Red Sox, Colon turned down a one-year incentive-based offer from the White Sox. Some reports have even listed the deal as being worth up to $8 million dollars.
Talk about wanting to play for a winning team.