The Colon Plan Moves to Chicago
Last year, the Boston Red Sox signed Bartolo Colon to a relatively low-risk contract in an attempt to add zest to a rotation that unexpectedly found itself without the services of Curt Schilling. The results were decidedly mixed, with Colon making only seven starts, but winning four of them, finishing with a record of 4-2 with a 3.92 ERA.
Well, now Sox of a different color are interested in giving Colon a chance, signing the burly power pitcher to a one-year deal worth $1 million, with another $2 million available in incentives, based on how many innings he pitches.
There's past Chicago precedent for optimism, too. Colon pitched for the White Sox in 2003, racking up a workmanlike 242 innings. Sure, that was a younger, healthier Colon, but there has to be some optimism that a return to U.S. Cellular Field could kindle some of his earlier success.
For Chicago, Colon is clearly a luxury addition they hope will pan out. For $1 million, if he doesn't, there's not that much lost. And if he does? Well, then GM Ken Williams looks awful smart, and he'll suddenly have the flexibility to make a trade that involves one of his other starters.
Posted by: VaNat | January 16, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse
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