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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.

By Cameron Smith  |  January 15, 2009; 8:09 PM ET
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Don Drysdale, a young Lee Smith, a young Tom Seaver, etc. were "burly". For Bartolo Colon, I think a better adjective to use would be "doughy". Even with the White Sox signing Colon to a team-friendly deal, I see this signing ending poorly for the White Sox.

Posted by: VaNat | January 16, 2009 7:55 AM | Report abuse

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