Bartolo Colon becomes latest player with PED ties to receive big contract

We were always taught as children that “it doesn’t pay to cheat”.  In Major League Baseball, that may not necessarily be true.  The New York Mets signed free agent pitcher Bartolo Colon to a two-year, $20M contract on Wednesday.  At the age of 40 (turns 41 in May), he will make more than he did from the age of 36 through 40.  Interesting that the aging righty was suspended for 50 games just 16 months ago for high levels of testosterone.

He was also implicated in the Biogenesis (Miami clinic) case, but was relieved from further suspension under a questionable double jeopardy interpretation by Commissioner Bud Selig.

Colon becomes the latest PED suspended player to cash in (Credit: AP)

Colon becomes the latest PED suspended player to cash in
(Credit: AP)

So back to the Colon signing, the Mets get a veteran arm to help relieve the gap left by injured Matt Harvey, who is not expected to return to the field until 2015.  He was an All-Star for the Oakland Athletics in 2013, his first such appearance since 2005, which was the year in which he won a Cy Young Award.  The Mets are playing catch up to 2013 Division champion Atlanta Braves, and perennial contender Washington Nationals.  All teams in the division have questions, so bringing on Colon (along with recent free agent acquisition Curtis Granderson) for a couple of years might result in a playoff appearance.  Too bad they had to reward cheating.

– David Whitlock

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