The New York Yankees have signed right-handed pitcher Bartolo Colon to a minor league deal and have invited him to Spring Training in a couple of weeks. The 37 year old veteran pitcher signed a one-year deal and could earn just under $1million dollars if he makes the major league squad.
Colon did not pitch in the majors last season. He was 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA with the White Sox in 2009. Colon recently pitched for the Caguas Criollos, a team in the Puerto Rican Winter League. He went 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA in seven starts.The Criollos are currently in the Puerto Rican Winter League finals against the Ponce Leones.
The Yankees are looking for another starting pitcher to complete their rotation which includes C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has reportedly said the team will not move Joba Chamberlain, who competed for a starting spot last spring, from his relief pitcher position. While lefty Andy Pettitte is still working out and has not officially retired, Cashman also says he cannot count on Pettitte to be with the Yankees.
Colon has pitched in 13 major league seasons with the Indians, Montreal Expos, White Sox, Angels and Red Sox, Colon has a 153-103 record with a 4.10 ERA. He averages 7.0 strikeouts and 3.1 walks per game for his career.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times