The Texas Rangers are showing some interest in pitcher Bartolo Colon, according to the Ft. Worth Star Telegram. Colon was 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA last season with the Oakland Athletics, but he will be 41 in May. Like Nelson Cruz, Colon was suspended for using performance enhancing drugs, just one season earlier. Colon has been a great pitcher in his career for a multitude of teams, and the Texas Rangers would only be interested in signing him to a one year contract.
Can I take a moment to be completely honest? Colon has been good throughout his career, he has a career ERA of 3.94 over 16 seasons, but I have never liked Colon and I don’t think I would like it if the Texas Rangers signed him, but I have been wrong before. I was totally against the Adrian Beltre signing when it happened and I couldn’t have been more wrong on that one. Colon just appears to have this attitude of smugness every time I see him, and he seems like he would be an arrogant guy who would not mesh with the Texas Rangers organization at all. Remember, this is all just personal feeling, I have no hard evidence to back up my claims, just gut feeling. The Texas Rangers have some great prospects coming up through the organization that I feel are going to be major league ready in the next season or two (Luke Jackson, Nick Tepesch, Jose Contreras), and they have Colby Lewis signed to a minor league deal.
I know you can never have enough pitching depth, but I just don’t like the idea of Bartolo Colon wearing Texas Ranger blue. Maybe it is because he has been an Angel, Yankee and Athletic, maybe it is because he is aging, or maybe it is for no reason at all but I do not like the idea. The Rangers are always a team to surprise me and pick up a talented player at a discounted price who works out pretty well most of the time (Vlad, Milton Bradley, Sammy Sosa the second time) so I guess I should give them the benefit of the doubt.
I won’t cry over it if the Texas Rangers do wind up signing Bartolo Colon, in fact, if he works out I will probably be all for it by the end of the season, if nothing else simply for the fact that he is no longer with the Athletics, I am just letting you all know that I don’t really want him to be a Texas Ranger. But I trust Jon Daniels and his staff to make the best move for the franchise so I guess we will just have to wait and see what happens over the next few months.