Colon's numbers after five starts in the Dominican

A Cheaper Alternative To Brandon Webb?

Bartolo Colon has pitched well this winter for the Cibaenas Aguilas

Bartolo Colon is apparently lean once again.  While we can’t confirm he is mean, one thing is certain. He is hungry for a job in Major League Baseball again.  If Colon will accept a minor league deal why wouldn’t a team like the Pittsburgh Pirates give him a shot?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are handing out non-roster invites like an 18-year bride-to-be sends out wedding invites.  So we were trying to think of the down side to giving an invitation to Bartolo Colon?

A few weeks back the Pirates were said to have interest in the big right-hander as the article below discussed.


At the time Colon had some very impressive numbers:

Over seven starts for the Cibaenas Aguilas Colon  had an ERA below 2.   The team is preparing to start the Dominican playoffs in the Dominican Winter League.   After Colon’s strong start, he finished with a respectable 28 strikeouts in 37.1 innings.  He walked six.  

Colon had some nice numbers and perhaps it’s all a laughable mess, but he is much leaner than I can ever remember.   Is it likely that Colon will work out for the Bucs?  Probably not.   But we are curious what changed in the past few days to curtail the Pirates interest?

In this article  we hear from Colon that the Yankees, Indians,  and Rangers are interested.   There is no question that Colon is a long shot, but it would be painful to see him pitching elsewhere when the Bucs are dying for potential bounce back pitchers.

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  •!/group.php?gid=106062342765215&v=info&ref=ts Phillip Workman, Jr

    Colon would be a great fit for the Bucs. Remember, just 5yrs ago he was 21-8 for Anaheim. He would be a great mentor for the young Bucs staff, even if only thru the Preseason. And on a Minor League contract if he didnt make the big league squad would definitely be someone to look up to for Locke, Morris, and Moskos.

  • rich hudzinski

    Pirates should sign him TODAY. When large market teams gain interest they will be out bid same as they were with WEBB. His numbers were never bad, even when he was as big as a house.

    • Eugene Tober

      The first reason not to sign him is he didn’t pitch in the majors last season. Second he’s had a losing recoed 4 out of 5 years previous seasons. Bucco pitchers dom’t need any instruction in this facet of baseball. Yhis doesn’t jive with this years judicious spending.

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