Adding starting pitching depth has been a focal point since the beginning of the offseason. The Texas Rangers could add one of the most experienced pitchers still active in the MLB, Bartolo Colon.
According to Dallasnews.com, the Rangers are close to a minor league with the veteran righty. The four-time All-Star could bring some much-needed depth to the Rangers organization. Colon is worth a shot, especially on a minor league deal.
Last season did not go as plan for the veteran Colon. He went 7-14 with a 6.48 ERA in 28 starts between the Braves and Twins. Some thought Colon would retire after the season, but it appears he’s not ready to call it a career just yet.
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Despite an awful 2017 campaign, Colon was successful in 2016. He went 15-8 with a 3.43 ERA in 34 games (33 starts) with the New York Mets. He was arguably the most durable and reliable option in the Mets rotation that season.
The Rangers can always alter their plans and send Mike Minor to the bullpen, if another starter arises during Spring Training. It is a nice luxury to have, but Texas needs to continue adding more depth before camp.
This is a low risk move that could pay off for the Rangers in the long run. Colon does have as many career home runs (1) as Willie Calhoun. If the pitching thing does not work out, then maybe Colon can start in left field for Texas.