Royals Hot on Bartolo Colon?

According to the Mullet on AOL, who heard from MetsBlog, who heard from MLBTradeRumors, who heard from Impacto Deportivo (through Google translator), the Kansas City Royals might be about to sign Bartolo Colon — clearly one of the fattest free agent pitchers this side of Bob Wickman.

Or, there could be something lost in the translation.

This is what happens when there’s no real news in the blogosphere for a few days …

Why the rebuilding Royals would have interest in Colon I’m not sure. My best guess is that the equipment manager threatened to turn Runelvys Hernandez’s old jersey into a parachute if they didn’t get a new player to fit into it.

Over at USS Mariner, there is a well-written, in-depth discussion on Colon, which suggests that he may be the “hidden gem” of the offseason crop of free agent pitchers. The numbers are well-researched and provide excellent support for the argument. However, the stats do not tell the story of Colon’s health, which is questionable at best. Also questionable are the reports that Colon is “pitching well” in winter ball — he’s pitched all of four innings thus far.

Whatever the case, I won’t lose sleep if the Mets let Bartolo slip away to Kansas City. It’s probably a better plan for everyone all around.

Anyway, trying to uncover the Bartolo Colon mystery this morning was entertaining, if nothing else. And during my struggle to read through the original Spanish and Google-translated versions of Impacto Deportivo, I did find out that Edwin Encarcion’s cousin died, which allowed Victor Diaz to get into the starting lineup for the Aguilas (Eagles) Cibaenas, and Vic smashed a three-run homer to win the game. Although Diaz is hovering around the Mendoza Line, but that homerun makes 8 on the winter (the league leader had 8, and I think they’re in the postseason now) — he’s putting one over the fence about once every 20 ABs. I wouldn’t mind seeing him get a minor league contract and an ST invite, but won’t hold my breath, either. Nelson Cruz, who we briefly mentioned yesterday, is among the league leaders in batting average at .318, has smacked 4 homers and 5 doubles in a little over 100 ABs, and has a fairly impressive .860 OPS. I have a funny feeling the Mets will sign or acquire at least one bat and one arm out of the Dominican League before spring training begins.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Micalpalyn January 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm
    Here is my 2 cents:

    1. Health: I really dont know the medical status on either, but would Bartolo be ready to start the season? Freddy would not. But would he pitch this year at all?.

    2. Roster: Freddy would be on the 60 day DL to start the season anyway. Bartolo might be ready and REQUIRE guarantees. El Duque/pelfrey/Humber/Mulvey would be the competition for a slot in the rotation to start with.

    3. I am intrigued as to why Omar has those slots open.

  2. joe January 3, 2008 at 3:19 pm
    Freddy would still eat a spot on the 40-man until at least spring training. I’m pretty sure you can start DL’ing guys in March, but not positive.

    Either way, I’d rather have Garcia than Colon. I think he has a better chance of offering something valuable at the end of ’08 and in
    ’09. I get the feeling that Colon will have major surgery within months after signing with someone.

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