Why would the Pittsburgh Pirates be interested in Bartolo Colon? Isn’t he 37 years old, probably still swollen with known periods of vanishing into thin air? We thought the same thing of the pitcher referred to as the ‘Swollen Colon,’ but Dejan linked his dominance in the Winter Leagues (we clipped it below) making note of the fact that he is forty (40) pounds lighter. You might have missed it, so check it out.
Colon has made five starts, whiffed 26 batters and allowed just two earned runs to go with two walks. He has held opponents to a .209 average. Perhaps the 13-year veteran has something left in his 37-year old tank? The Pirates might just be on to something. As long as he doesn’t go missing again like in 2009, which is when this quote came about:
“I worry about Colon because Colon was a big-time Michael Jackson fan, he might [watch] the TV and cry all day long. Maybe he is in L.A. at his funeral, because I can’t find him. When he gets to Charlotte, Oney [Guillen's son] will call me to say he’s there.” Ozzie Guillen
The offseason leagues are something we watch at RumBunter and we have an updated Ten Pirates in Deep, this time with the highlights rather than the lowlights. It’s hard to put much merit into them, but this is certainly a positive sign for a 37-year old.
So back to the original question. Why Colon?
He’s cheap and he could fill a big need if the Pirates rumor mill has truth to it about moving a starter like Paul Maholm. Will he take his comeback seriously? It appears he has already started to, but who would be willing to give him a chance? There is a big difference between the winter leagues and the Major Leagues right?
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