|Bartolo Colon looking svelte and toned as always...|
According to Nick Collias of MLB Trade Rumors, the Rangers, Indians, and Yankees have expressed interest in signing right-handed starting pitcher Bartolo Colon.
...Colon told reporters in the Domincan Republic yesterday, "Texas, Cleveland, and the Yankees are interested in me."
The Indians had been known to be watching Colon's progress, and Colon had previously mentioned that he "maintains conversations" with the Yankees, but the Rangers' interest hadn't been previously reported. Asked if he had a preference among the three clubs, Colon simply said, "I'll go with the one that signs me.
I have a hard time understanding why anyone would take a chance on Bartolo Colon, 37, at this point. Colon, plagued by various shoulder maladies, hasn't pitched effectively in the majors since 2005 when he won the AL Cy Young Award. In parts of four seasons since that time, Colon put up a 14-21 record with a 5.18 ERA, and 2.3 WAR in 257 innings, while splitting time between the Angels, Red Sox, and White Sox.
Colon did not pitch in the majors in 2010. He did pitch in the Dominican League's regular season, and put up a 1.47 ERA in seven starts.